Last week, I posted 25 quotes from Jonathan Leeman’s book, Church Membership. This week I will stay in the area of church membership and post some helpful quotes from Thabiti Anyabwile’s book on the topic.
Anyabwile is currently serving as assistant pastor for church planting at Capital Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He is a council member for The Gospel Coalition. He has written numerous books such as Finding Faithful Elders and Deacons and Captivated. If you are not following him on Twitter or his blog, you should be.
Anyabwile has been very helpful for me, personally. His books have come at times when I have needed them and they have offered me timely encouragement. He engages the culture in his books and I am thankful to God for his work and ministry.
In What is a Healthy Church Member? Anyabwile tackles every aspect of life for a church member. I am pulling some quotes out of this book that have been beneficial for me, and I hope that they are beneficial for you as well.
1.If churches are to be healthy, then pastors and teachers must be committed to discovering the meaning of the Scripture and allowing that meaning to drive the agenda with their congregations.
2. Expositional listening gives us a clear ear with which to hear God.
3. Faithful men flourish at the fertile reception of the preached Word.
4. Every Christian is meant to be a theologian in the best and most intimate sense of the word.
5. The Christian who is interested in knowing his God is the Christian who wants to know what God says about himself in the Bible.
6. A healthy church member, committed to becoming a biblical theologian, will work to know the difference between beliefs that are essential to biblical Christianity and beliefs that are nonessential to the integrity and continuance of the faith.
7. Healthy church members will commit themselves to defending the essential things of the gospel (Phil. 1:27, Jude 3), while avoiding strife and contention over things that are not essential to the gospel.
8. The greatest need in the church today is the gospel.
9. The gospel is not only news for a perishing world, it is the message that forms, sustains, and animates the church.
10. Conversion is the radical turn from an enslaved life of pursuing sin to a free life of pursuing and worshipping God.
11. Conversion is a change so dramatic that it requires the intervention of God the Holy Spirit.
12. If our love of other Christians is cold, we need to examine whether or not we have ravingly believed on Christ Jesus the Son of God.
13. A healthy church member works to make sure that he himself is converted, but he also works to make sure that his evangelistic efforts are informed by a biblical understanding of conversion.
14. The local church is the place where love is most visibly and compellingly displayed among God’s people. It’s where the “body of Christ” is most plainly represented in the world.
15. Ministers of reconciliation must be patient and longsuffering.
16. Advancement in the knowledge and likeness of Christ, spiritual maturity and progress toward it, are supposed to be normal for the Christian.
17. A healthy church member has a pervasive concern for his or her own personal growth and the growth of other members of her or his church.
18. A healthy Christian relies more and more on the grace of God as it is communicated through the Word and the ordinances.
19. A healthy church member first gives himself to the Lord and then to the minister of the Lord, knowing that this is God’s will (2 Corin. 8:5).
20. Leadership in the local church is established by God for the blessing of his people.
You can purchase What is a Healthy Church Member? by clicking on the image of the book in this post.
Friends, buy the book. Read it. Use it. Become healthy church members for the sake of the gospel of Christ and for the glory of God!
You only get one life, and it will soon pass. Only what is done for King Jesus will last.
Evan Knies is an undergraduate student at Boyce College where he studies Biblical and Theological Studies. He lives in Louisville, KY with his wife, Lauren. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.