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9Marks Explained : A Letter From Mark Dever

Using Small Groups to Cultivate Fellowship

A lot of churches these days are building their ministries through small groups. How do we employ small groups at our church in Washington, DC? OUR VISION FOR SMALL GROUPS We view small groups as a means of allowing the congregation to shepherd and disciple each other, within the bounds of pastoral oversight (Eph. 4:f11-13). They facilitate relationships for mutual edification. Read more >

Pastors' and Theologians' Forum on Corporate Witness

"What must pastors do to help their members regain a sense of the church’s corporate witness, which is so vital to evangelism? What stands in the way of that recovery?" Answers from Read more >

Church Membership and the NCLHGA

What a Biblical Understanding of Church Membership and the NCLHGA Have in Common In our previous article, we traced the theme of inclusion and exclusion throughout redemptive history. From the Garden of Eden to the New Jerusalem, God promises to create a people for himself. This new people should be distinct from the rest of the world, both in their confession and in their conduct. Ultimately, we concluded that church membership was consistent with how God has worked through redemption history. Read more >

How to Make Membership Matter

Welcome to Membership Matters, the new members’ course of Capitol Hill Baptist Church. Before you get started, we have a few suggestions for how you might use this material in the most beneficial way. Read more >

Class XI: Serving and Giving

In Mark 10:45, Jesus says, "For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many." Jesus also calls us to take up the cross and follow him. Part of how we do this is to serve Christ’s body, the church. As he says in Mark 10:43, "Whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant." Greatness in Jesus' eyes is serving others, especially in the church. Read more >

Class VIII: Church Leadership

Hebrews 13:17 is a hard word for Christians today. "Obey your leaders and submit to them," it says, "for they keep watch over your souls, as men who will have to give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you." Obey. Submit. Those are strong words, particularly in our egalitarian, individualistic culture. Read more >

Class III: Preaching

As Christians, we probably all agree that preaching is important. But what's not immediately obvious is how the act of preaching—and the act of listening to preaching—contributes to the unity of a local church. How exactly does preaching foster unity in the church? How we can be good stewards of the preaching we hear, not just for our own individual growth, but for the health and maturity of the church as a whole? These are some of the questions we'll consider today. I. God Creates his People Through His Word Read more >

Class II: Church Membership

I. INTRODUCTION Good morning and welcome! This is the second class in a thirteen-week course on living together as a church. This morning, we will consider the idea of church membership and how it facilitates unity within the church. Before we begin, let's pray. Church Membership—Why Bother? Read more >

Class I: Introduction

Welcome to the first of thirteen classes on our life together as a church. In this introductory class, my hope is to give you some idea of why we as Christians need a class like this in the first place. To put it simply, we need this class because two things are true: First, God calls Christians to gather together in local churches to worship him and to reflect his glorious character to the world. Second, we are still sinners. Read more >