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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

The Basics

Am I STILL Really a Christian?

We asked Mike McKinley a few questions about his book Am I Really a Christian? Here’s what we got.

Why did you write this book? 

Don't Make Your Pastor a Statistic?

This past Lord's Day, I had the privilege of preaching 1 Timothy 5:17-20.  "The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.  For the Scripture says, 'Do not muzzle the ox while it is treading out the grain,' and 'The worker deserves his wages.'  Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses.  Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning."

New 'Christianity Explored' Website

For years, many churches have been enouraged and equipped by the resources of Christianity Explored, a multi-week, discussion-based course aimed at introducing Jesus to non-Christians and new Christians.  Have you and your church been blessed by the resources of Christianity Explored?  Well, now you have you can engage these resources in a new way.  Christianity Explored has just launched a brand new website, complete with videos and downloadable course materials.

Is a Church in Sin If They Do NOT Practice Discipline?

Brothers, that's the question I'm left asking as I prepare for Bible study tonight.  We're considering 1 Corinthians 5:1-2:

"It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife.  And you are arrogant!  Ought you not rather to mourn?  Let him who has done this be removed from among you."

Walking around with Muslims: Options for Showing and Telling the Gospel



Let's try to keep it simple today. We really only have three options when it comes to talking with Muslims about the gospel and Islam. Since Islam typically includes culture, religion, politics, and even economics, it can seem like a huge wall between us and our Muslim friends and acquaintances. Here are our options:

Lord, Send Revival!

Recently I dusted off my copy of Jonathan Edwards' The Surprising Work of God, an account of the revivals in New England in the 1730s.  I've been freshly stirred by Edwards' recounting of the Lord's work in that spiritual awakening.  Consider how he described the affect on the daily life of the people:

Skillfull biblical preaching isn't enough

Marcus Honeysett writes:

Accurate word handling is, of course, absolutely crucial. But with the eyes of hindsight I am shocked at what we didn’t teach our preachers. What we simply assumed.

We didn’t teach them:

Elder Practices: Discipling

After preaching, one of the most important thing a pastor can do is to be actively discipling men in his congregation.   While every Christian has a responsibility to be involved in a discipling ministry, the pastor has a particular responsibility to be setting an example for the rest of the congregation.