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The author lists ten (instead of nine) marks of a healthy church member. The ten are parallels of Dever’s nine marks of a healthy church, and interrelated to them. As dealt with in the book, the marks are:
- An expositional listener
- A biblical theologian
- Gospel saturated
- Genuinely converted
- A biblical evangelist
- A committed member
- A seeker of discipline
- A growing disciple
- A humble follower, and
- A prayer warrior
What sets this book apart from most books that are being printed for healthy churches these days? This book is actually written with the church member in mind, instead of the focus on teaching church leaders how to produce healthy churches. The sad thing about this focus audience is that the book will rarely find its way into the hands of pew perchers (but I suspect any number of preachers will read it).
My advice—use this little book as a group study in a discipleship setting, or even as a new members’ class curriculum. It is worth four out of five reading glasses either way.
—Benjamin Potter, October 25, 2010