Polity biblical arguments on how to conduct church life

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Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life by Mark Dever

At some point in your life, youve probably heard the famous Sir Francis Bacon quote Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested: that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously, and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. The nice thing about Polity, as an anthology of essays and historical documents, is that it lends itself to all those different kinds of reading. I myself chose to read everything in the book and focus on the big picture of Baptist church polity through the centuries.

Although this is not the easiest book in the world to read, it is interesting and enlightening. I found the sections on church discipline especially helpful since church discipline is practically a foreign entity in many congregations today. I also noticed a gravity and respect toward the church that is just naturally woven through everything the authors had to say. In light of those observations, I cant help but wonder: if these men were alive today, what would they think of many of our Baptist churches and of the attitude many Christians have toward the church? A sobering consideration.

(Read for the 2017 Tim Challies Christian Reading Challenge: A book about the church)
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Reproduction or use of any portion of this publication by any mechanical, electronic, or other means is prohibited without written permission of the publisher. Church order and the ceremonial of religion, are less important than a new heart; and in the view of some, any laborious investigation of questions respecting them may appear to be needless and unprofitable. But we know, from the Holy Scriptures, that Christ gave commands on these subjects, and we cannot refuse to obey. Love prompts our obedience; and love prompts also the search which may be necessary to ascertain his will. Let us, therefore, prosecute the investigations which are before us, with a fervent prayer, that the Holy Spirit, who guides into all truth, may assist us to learn the will of him whom we supremely love and adore. Albert Mohler, Jr. Person Index…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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