Did the Church Fathers Affirm Penal Substitutionary Atonement?

By Brian Arnold | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Did the church fathers also hold to the doctrine of penal substitution? The answer is yes and no.

Four Questions to Ask about the Atonement

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

It is only in viewing Christ as our penal substitute that we truly understand the depth of God’s holy love for us, the horrendous nature of our sin before God, and the glory of our substitute—Jesus Christ our Lord.

Nothing To Be Ashamed Of: Penal Substitutionary Atonement In Honor-Shame Cultures

By A. Samuel, A. Sequeira | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Penal substitution offers a helpful corrective to those living in an honor-shame culture, and helps them rightly understand their status before God and what God has done for sinners in Jesus Christ.

Does Penal Substitutionary Atonement Rupture the Trinity?

By Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

How do we preach the cross without communicating some kind of rupture in the Trinity?

Answering 4 Common Objections to Penal Substitutionary Atonement

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

At the root of every caricature of penal substitutionary atonement is a distorted doctrine of God.

“Jesus Died for Sinners”: Do Your People Know What This Actually Means?

By Conrad Mbewe | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Some professing Christians don’t know what it means when we say “Jesus died for you.” Pulpits are to blame for this serious confusion.

On the Inexhaustible Riches of Preaching Christ and Him Crucified

By Jeremy Walker | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Christ in his death and resurrection is the beating heart of the gospel. So preach penal substitutionary atonement in all its range and richness.

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20 Quotes from It Is Well: Expositions on Substitutionary Atonement

By M. Dever, M. Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

20 quotes from It Is Well, a book by Mark Dever & Michael Lawrence.

Your Church Needs More Time for Personal Testimonies

By Dustin Crowe | 08.19.2019

We should consider implementing personal testimonies—the practice of remembering God’s wondrous works and celebrating his mighty deeds in our lives and churches.

3 Reasons to Preach through the Gospel of Mark

By Justin Harris | 08.16.2019

Preaching the Gospel of Mark as early as possible into my ministry may be the best advice I have ever received as a pastor.

3 Ways Baptism & the Lord’s Supper Ought to Shape our Monday through Saturday

By Sam Emadi | 08.12.2019

For too many Christians, baptism and the Supper are exclusively about personal professions of faith, and personal expression of one’s obedience to Jesus.

4 Reasons You Should Preach through the Gospel of Matthew

By Raymond Johnson | 08.05.2019

Matthew’s Gospel reveals the wisdom of the gospel message and the new way of life that results as disciples discover truth through encounters with Jesus.

One Way to Use “American Gospel” in Your Church

By Philip Van Steenburgh | 08.02.2019

Recently, our church partnered with two other local churches to host an event using the documentary film “American Gospel: In Christ Alone.” Our goal was to communicate the gospel clearly, especially on key points where the true gospel has been confused with moralism, Catholicism, and prosperity movements so prevalent inside and outside the church. 

Preach the Gospel . . . and the Law

By Eric Beach | 07.29.2019

Scripture contains both commands to obey (law) and promises to believe for salvation (gospel). These are not antithetical to each other. Instead, they play indispensable yet different roles in the lives of Christians.

Confessing Sin Is Always Awkward, Sometimes Costly, and Absolutely Worth It

By John Lee | 07.22.2019

It’s true. Confession could cost your reputation. It could result in an awkward conversation. But freedom in the gracious, holy light of God is priceless.