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“Jesus held by the wood” by Mark Dever

“Delivered and delivering.

Jesus held by the wood.

Witnesses on either side.

Mary stood waiting,

quietly gazing,

with great feeling,

on her Son.

The sky dark above.

As at the beginning,

so at the end.

Jesus held by the wood,

delivered and delivering.

Jesus held by the wood.

The scene of Christmas and of Calvary.

Of the cradle and the cross.”

–Mark Dever, The Christmas Thingamabob (Leyland, England: 10Publishing, 2013), 26.

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“Christ-centered means cross-centered” by Mark Dever

“True Christ-centeredness is, and ever must be, cross-centeredness. The cross on which the divine-human mediator hung, and from which He rose to reign on the basis and in the power of His atoning death, must become the vantage point from which we survey the whole of human history and human life, the reference point for explaining all that has gone wrong in the world everywhere and all that God has done and will do to put it right, and the center point for fixing the flow of doxology and devotion from our hearts.

Healthy, virile, competent Christianity depends on clear-headedness about the cross; otherwise we are always off-key. And clear-headedness about the cross, banishing blurriness of mind, is only attained by facing up to the reality of Christ’s blood-sacrifice of Himself in penal substitution for those whom the Father had given Him to redeem.”

–Mark Dever and J.I. Packer, In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2007), 147-148.

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“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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“The church is the gospel made visible” by Mark Dever

“Christian proclamation might make the gospel audible, but Christians living together in local congregations make the gospel visible (see John 13:34-35). The church is the gospel made visible.”

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

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“Churches are made up of people like you and me” by Mark Dever

“Jesus is a figure of intense interest and even admiration for millions. His stories and sayings still inhabit our minds two thousand years after he taught on the other side of the globe. He published no books, founded no dynasty, led no army, and governed no nation, but his images and stories and teachings and followers have girdled the globe, presenting a message of a Savior who sacrifices himself out of love.

And to most, this is compellingly beautiful. Then there is the church. If you have grown up in a church, you have reasons to be disillusioned. The church seems like a boring topic for most and a duty reluctantly fulfilled for many. In stark contrast with many of the unforgettable sayings of Christ, we can’t remember what we heard in most sermons ten minutes after we get home.

People around the world aren’t interested in our church; for that matter, people just around the corner aren’t either! Churches have published books and fielded armies and ruled kings and even so, if you introduce the topic of the church, you’ll often find it met with responses ranging from a mild disinterest to a real dislike. We can understand why.

Churches say they have the best and most important news in the world—they have the answer to our problems, they are God’s embassies on earth—yet churches are made up of people like you and me, people who are grumpy, irritable, unfaithful, and selfish. We become too possessive of small things and too casual about great ones. We become too defensive for ourselves and ignore God. We talk of love, but we too often give ourselves over to hate—even in church.”

–Mark Dever, Twelve Challenges Churches Face (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2008), 11-12.

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