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Author: Alex Duke
Practical Insight into Finding a Healthy Church
Looking for a new church can feel overwhelming, and it’s often difficult to know what aspects to prioritize. In this addition to the Church Questions series, Alex Duke provides criteria on what to look for in a healthy local church.
Using personal experiences and biblical principles, Duke identifies important elements within the church—the gospel, the Bible, and the community—as well as specific questions to ask. Duke also reminds believers that they should not be looking for a perfect church, but a biblical and faithful one. This ebook is perfect for those who are looking for a new church and unsure where to begin.
- Short, Accessible Format: Concise, biblical advice on searching for a church
- Part of the Church Questions Series: Helping Christians understand the centrality of the local church in Christian discipleship
- Practical: Provides specific questions to ask about the church’s treatment of the Bible, the gospel, and meaningful relationships
About the author:
Alex Duke (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the editorial manager for 9Marks and the director of youth ministry and ecclesiological training at Third Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky.
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