No @PastorMark, Those Aren’t The Marks of the Church

Apparently, Mark Driscoll has decided that to create his own list of the Marks of the Church.

The Bible provides us with a framework to examine any self-identified church and test its legitimacy. The following are eight marks of a true church given in Scripture that I believe are helpful for many churches and church leaders.

1. THE CHURCH IS MADE UP OF REGENERATED BELIEVERS IN JESUS

2. THE CHURCH IS ORGANIZED UNDER QUALIFIED LEADERSHIP

3. THE CHURCH GATHERS TO HEAR PREACHING AND TO RESPOND IN WORSHIP

4. THE CHURCH RIGHTLY ADMINISTERS THE SACRAMENTS

5. THE CHURCH IS SPIRITUALLY UNIFIED

6. THE CHURCH IS HOLY

7. THE CHURCH IS DEVOTED TO FELLOWSHIP

8. THE CHURCH IS COMMITTED TO JESUS’ MISSION

8 BIBLICAL MARKS OF A TRUE CHURCH

I think Luther’s Marks of the Church remain relevant today:

MARK I: These Christian, holy people possess the Word of God.

MARK II: These Christian, holy people are recognized by Baptism.

MARK III: These Christian, holy people are recognized by the holy Sacrament of the Altar.

MARK IV: These Christian, holy people are recognized by the Office of the Keys exercised publicly.

MARK V: These Christian, holy people are recognized by the fact that they consecrate Ministers.

MARK VI: These Christian, holy people are recognized by prayer, public praise, and thanksgiving to God.

MARK VII: These Christian, holy people are recognized by “the holy possession of the sacred cross” (suffering).

Luther on the Marks of the Church

Notice the differences between the two lists?

HT: Scot McKnight

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2 thoughts on “No @PastorMark, Those Aren’t The Marks of the Church

  1. Being a raving narcissist, I have no doubt that Mr Driscoll probably considers himself greater than Martin Luther.

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