20 Quotes from Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop’s New Book on Community

Matt Smethurst | October 13, 2015


The following 20 quotes caught my attention as I read Mark Dever and Jamie Dunlop’s phenomenal new book The Compelling Community: Where God’s Power Makes a Church Attractive (Crossway, 2015) [review]. Thanks to Tony Reinke for inspiring the 20 quotes idea. 


“Scripture teaches that the community that matters is community built by God. We may cultivate it, feed it, protect it, and use it. But we dare not pretend to create it.” (14) 

“What [often] occurs is a demographic phenomenon and not necessarily a gospel phenomenon. Single moms gravitate to each other regardless of whether or not the gospel is true. This community is wonderful and helpful—but its existence says nothing about the power of the gospel.” (20–21) 

“When Christians unite around something other than the gospel, they create community that would likely exist even if God didn’t. As a modern-day tower of Babel, that community glorifies their strength instead of God’s.” (23) 

“Our world’s history is a long story of tribal conflict where no one is closer than those who are family. That is, with one critical exception of course: the local church. When two people share Christ—even if everything else is different—they are closer than even blood ties could ever bring them. They are the family…


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