“The chief instrument for glorifying God in the world” by Mark Dever

“The church should be regarded as important to Christians because of its importance to Christ. Christ founded the church (Matt. 16:18), purchased it with his blood (Acts 20:28), and intimately identifies himself with it (Acts 9:4).

The church is the body of Christ (Eph. 1:23; 4:12; 5:23-32; Col. 1:18, 24; 3:15; 1 Cor. 12:12-27), the dwelling place of his Spirit (Rom. 8:9, 11, 16; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; 6:11, 15-17; Eph. 2:18, 22; 4:4), and the chief instrument for glorifying God in the world.

Finally, the church is God’s instrument for bringing both the gospel to the nations and a great host of redeemed humanity to Himself (Rev. 5:9).”

–Mark Dever, “The Church,” in A Theology For the Church, Ed. Daniel L. Akin (Nashville: B&H, 2007), 767.

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