This short course “Marks of a Healthy Church” is to help Christians develop a healthy and biblical understanding of characteristics that distinguish between healthy churches and sicklier ones. In the course we borrow heavily from Mark Dever’s book Nine Marks of a Healthy Church.
We spend the first session backtracking and examining the marks of the true church and then begin working through marks of a healthy church for the remainder of the course. Here is an outline:
I. Marks of the True Church:
A. The Right Preaching of the Word of God.
B. The Pure Administration of the Sacraments.
C. Love for the Brethren.
II. Marks of a Healthy Church:
A. Expositional Preaching.
B. Biblical Theology.
C. A Biblical Understading of the Gospel.
D. A Biblical Understading of Conversion.
E. A Biblical Understading of Evangelism.
F. A Biblical Understading of Church Membership.
G. Biblical Church Discipline.
H. A Concern for Promoting Christian Discipleship.
I. Biblical Church Leadership.