POLITY: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life by Mark Dever (PDF Only, link provided below)
Edited by Mark Dever, this collection of writings reminds Baptists of their heritage of biblical church polity penned by Baptist leaders of centuries past and adds new essays by Albert Mohler, Gregory Wills and Mark Dever.
"A treasure of the past with fresh applications and assessments from some of Southern Baptists’ best minds, Polity fills a vacuum in contemporary doctrine of the church. . . It is time for this book. My prayer is that every church pastor will read it."
- Paige Patterson
President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
"If you are tired of hearing the glories of historic Baptist polity reduced to hackneyed catch-words. . . then prepare for refreshment. . . Polity will be an eye-opener to many - Baptists and non-Baptists alike - and provides a rich treasury of Christian testimony to what life ought to be like in the local church. As a friendly 'outsider,' I’m delighted to comment it to you."
- J. Ligon Duncan III, PhD
Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
"In our culture of biblical illiteracy an theological ignorance, we should not be surprised that concern for biblical church polity has fallen on hard times. . . Nevertheless. . . here and there we can see congregations yearning to be biblical in order as well as in doctirine. . . InPolity readers will discover a rich and robust legacy of Baptist church polity. This is an unprecedented treasury for Baptist recovery. . ."
- R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"A marvelous collection of classic sources on Baptist church life. These texts are both windows into Baptist heritage and guideposts for faithful, biblical churchmanship today."
- Timothy George
Dean, Beeson Divinity School at Samford University
". . . The documents brought together by the Center for Church Reform organize in one place some of the most exegetically sure and theologically informed discussions of many pertinent issues of Baptist polity. Those who will give themselves a chance to interact with voices of the past. . . may yet make substantial progress in recovering the precious gem of the authority and inerrancy of the Bible."
- Tom J. Nettles
Professor of Historical Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary