Pastor, Your Time is Purchased

By Matt Boga | 01.19.2022

Pastor, your time is purchased so that you can lead your people in helpless faithfulness.

When a Pastor’s Child Strays

By David Gough | 01.17.2022

I write not as a mere observer or sympathized, but as a father and a pastor who prays for his own wayward children. How desperately I long for them to embrace the faith they were taught.

Did Unreached Peoples Set Paul’s Mission Agenda?

By Elliot Clark | 01.13.2022

Paul wanted to reach the unreached. This was a matter of urgency for him, as it should be for our churches. But was that Paul’s primary motivation in missions? Perhaps … keep reading…

“A Hedging and Fencing”: How Charles Spurgeon Promoted Meaningful Membership

By Geoff Chang | 01.11.2022

This work of “hedging and fencing” is what keeps the church distinct from the world. And as the pastor of the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon saw it was one of his chief duties.

Genesis, Exodus, Isaiah . . . Oh My!—Practical Help for Preaching Longer Books

By Jeff Wiesner | 01.05.2022

I hope the following eight “tips” will help preachers delight in the Scriptures as they prepare to preach—and persevere!—through its biggest books.

Confessing the Faith: The Place of Confessions in Church Life

By K. Soltau, M. Short | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.24.2021

So in 2021, in a largely unchurched and post-Christian European country, why make confessions a regular rhythm in church life?

Editor’s Note: Defending Sound Doctrine Against the Deconstruction of American Evangelicalism

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Jonathan Leeman reflects on the recent and popular project of “deconstructing” evangelicalism.

Scattered, Smothered, and Covered: How (Not) to Use Systematics in Your Sermon

By David King | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Don’t “Waffle House” your preaching text.

Teaching the Trinity through Expositional Preaching

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

The Trinity is one of the most central and crucial Christian doctrines; it is also one of the least prooftext-able.

Forum: Which Doctrinally Rich Songs Should Your Church Should Sing?

By D. Hodge, E. McAllister, J. Kauflin, M. Merker, M. Westerholm | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Editor’s note: We asked the question, “What songs should churches sing that teach their people sound doctrine?” Below, we’ve recorded several responses. * * * * * Matt Merker “Hark! The Herald … keep reading…

What the Doctrine of the Trinity Means for Prayer

By Tyler Wittman | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Though we intuitively think of prayer as something we do to God, the trinitarian dynamics of prayer tell us just the opposite; more than anything, prayer is something God does to us.

What the Doctrine of the Trinity Means for Our Corporate Worship

By Scott Swain | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Week after week, across the globe, the vision of Revelation 4–5 is fulfilled as congregations praise one God in three persons, our Maker, our Redeemer, our Reward.

What the Doctrine of Revelation Means for Our Lord’s Day Gatherings

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

What you believe about how God reveals himself to us will impact what kind of church you build.

What the Doctrine of Sin Means for Our Evangelism

By Trell Ross | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

You cannot share the gospel of Jesus without mentioning the reality of sin. When we do, we deceive people about what the gospel is.

How the Doctrine of Sanctification Propels the Practice of Church Discipline

By Eugene Low | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Church discipline is a God-given means of growing his people in holiness. It seeks the good of the sinner, the building up of the church, and the glory of God.