God is immortal. He “dwells in unapproachable light, whom no on e has ever seen or can see” (I Timothy 6:16). So how do we learn about him? Through his Word. And how do we perceive his glory? Primarily through the church. The body of Christ is the fullness of God (Ephesians 1:23) and the most visible manifestation of God’s glory in this present age (Ephesians 3:10). And so describing community in the local church is like describing the light radiating from the heavenly throne. The point is not the community; the point is God. Community is merely the effect.
– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 29
Consumerism is dangerous. Healthy churches need providers, not consumers. After all, if consumers fill our pews, who’s going to turn on the lights? Who’s going to staff children’s ministry? Who’s going to welcome people at the door? Advocating for commitment in a local church would seem as controversial as advocating for Jesus.
– Dever, Mark & Jamie Dunlop; The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive; Crossway; Wheaton, IL; Copyright 2015; Kindle Edition; Page 49
Neopaganism and secularization, pragmatism and ignorance are all serious problems with churches today. But I am convinced that the problem most fundamentally lies in the way Christians conceive of their churches. Too many churches misunderstand the priority that they are to give to God’s revelation and the nature of the regneration He offers therein. Reevaluating these must be a part of any solution to the problems of today’s churches.
by Mark Dever, Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, copyright 2000, page 12
Edwards really had the vision of the church visibly shinging and distinct from the world, radiantly distinct, visible for the glory of God.
by, Mark Dever
A God Entranced Vision of All Things, copyright 2004, Page 30