The local church was never meant to be a cultural, comfortable, bourgeois social club that affirms people in their idolatry and helps them along on a journey to their “best life now.” It was meant to be a counterculture, a set-apart community embodying a radically different vision for human flourishing.
According to Scripture, our conversion isn’t an isolated, private act. Conversion involves a change of citizenship from one kingdom to another.
Too many believers feel too often as though we’re living life on trial before God, uncertain of his verdict on us. This book should help Christians realize that’s not the case.
Mark Dever answers this important question.
— To what degree should a man’s past life—perhaps even before his conversion—affect how we consider his qualification for ministry? — Should young children who have been baptized but left out of church membership be given the Lord’s Supper?
Mark Dever explains the biblical doctrine of conversion.
The measure of a pulpit ministry isn’t its width, but its depth.
Jonathan Leeman interviews Mark Dever on the Reformation and its usefulness for Christians today
Calvin summarizes well the Protestant doctrine of imputation, a doctrine which has continued to be a great comfort and strength for believers and for those who are heirs of the Reformation.
If the Word of God isn’t central to a revitalization effort, no genuine, long-lasting transformation will ever occur.
In our efforts to quickly mobilize churches in missions, I fear we’re unintentionally undermining the church’s ability to patiently invest for the spiritual long-term.
Christians need to think more clearly about our innate moral calibration mechanism, and I’m confident this little book will help us do just that.
This book is a mix of both pastoral usefulness and troubling ambiguity.
We need to grow not only in doing good, but in being good. We need the spiritual fruit of goodness. How can we grow in this?
It’s our job to sow—and God’s to convert. Churches should be careful not to require of themselves what they cannot produce.