What Is a Healthy Church Member? (9Marks)
Anyabwile, Thabiti M.
"Thabiti Anyabwile's book asks the right questions about the offer of church membership, calling each local body of believers to cultivate and sustain practices of an assembly formed by the gospel. It is a most practical manual, yet it is free from the religious utilitarianism that often marks seeker-oriented works in this genre. Any leadership and laity that would elect to read this book together and embrace its exhortations would find their life as the family of God to be increasing in its wisdom, power, love, and witness in the world. What a balm we all will find in the words of this book!"See All
Eric C. Redmond
Senior Pastor, Hillcrest Baptist Church, Temple Hills, MD
"Any church desiring to strengthen its membership would do well to get this book into the hands of its members. Being a faithful church member in an age of overindulgence and selfish impulses is not easy. Yet, Thabiti not only reminds us it is possible, but he also challenges us with the biblical reality that it is necessary. I continue to thank God for the mind and heart of Thabiti Anyabwile."See All
Anthony J. Carter
Pastor; author; editor, Experiencing the Truth: Bringing the Reformation to the African-American Church.
"Thabiti Anyabwile has filled a great void in contemporary Christian literature. Books on how to be a faithful pastor or church leader are common, but it is rare to find a book that speaks so directly about being a faithful church member. With a wealth of biblical insight and practical instruction, Anyabwile calls Christians to do more than just attend church, but to be the kind of faithful, engaged church members that God intends. Given the state of so many of our churches today, this book arrives not a moment too soon."See All
R. Albert Mohler Jr.
President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Louisville, KY
"This book provides an excellent and much-needed focus on the individual church member. We can all benefit from this insightful book."See All
R. C. Sproul
Chairman and President, Ligonier Ministries; Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching, Saint Andrews Chapel, Sanford, Florida
"Some books are so simple they are scarcely worth skimming; others are so complex that unless their subject matter is extraordinarily important, they are not worth the time they demand. But sometimes one finds a book that is simultaneously simple and profoundand this is one of them. In a generation when many people are talking about the importance of Christians living "in community," few have unpacked, in biblically faithful and personally penetrating ways, just what that means. Thabiti Anyabwile closes the gap. Read it, think about it, pray over itand distribute it generously around your congregation."See All
D. A. Carson
Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
For Christians, playing an active part in the local church is not optional. God intends for every believer to contribute to the mission of the local church and experience profound spiritual growth as a result. This book shows church members, pastors, and church leaders what a healthy church member looks like.
Biblically and practically instructs church members in ways they can labor for the health of their church.
What Is a Healthy Church Member? takes its cue from Mark Dever's book What Is a Healthy Church?, which offered one definition of what a healthy church looks like biblically and historically. In this new work, pastor Thabiti Anyabwile attempts to answer the natural next question: "What does a healthy church member look like in the light of Scripture?"
God intends for us to play an active and vital part in the body of Christ, the local church. He wants us to experience the local church as a home more profoundly wonderful and meaningful than any other place on earth. He intends for his churches to be healthy places and for the members of those churches to be healthy as well. This book explains how membership in the local church can produce spiritual growth in its members and how each member can contribute to the growth and health of the whole.
Includes a Foreword by Mark Dever