Best Quotes from The Compelling Community by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop

"Supernatural depth and breath of community make the glory of an invisible God to be visible." (pg. 25)

"Our love for each other is the visible sign that we grasp the love of an invisible God." (pg. 45)

"When the Bible speaks of love, it measures it primarily not by how much you want to receive but by how much you are willing to give of yourself to someone." (pg. 62)

"Relationships of similarity offer a level of understanding that is important and unique. But then - and this is the key - there should also be relationships where you're only friends because you're Christians, without any worldly explanation." (pg. 79)

"At its core, every problem in your congregation is a problem of unbelief ... To see your congregation grow in faith-filled action, saturate them with God's Word." (pg. 89)

"God loves to defend his reputation. When we pray together, our needs become public. When he answers, his glory becomes public." (pg. 107)

"... as Christ's servants, our job is not to 'effect change'. It is to faithful." (pg. 132)

"The goal of community (unity and maturity) comes as the congregation does ministry - equipped by their leaders." (pg. 136)

"To promote this godliness, we must teach our congregation how to disagree well." (pg. 168)

"The more amazed we are at our salvation, the more we will foster a culture of honest, grace-filled conversation about sin." (pg. 182)

"The local church is not evangelism. But the local church should be the power of evangelism. As such, evangelism should be both personal and corporate. It is personal; it generally involves explaining the gospel in the context of a friendship rather than simply bringing someone to church. And it is corporate; without introducing non-Christians to the local church, evangelism ignores the greatest evidence we have for the truth of the gospel." (pg. 189)

"... nurturing church community is a long and difficult task." (pg. 200)

(All quotes taken from The Compelling Community by Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop ©2015 published by Crossway)

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