Is “Above Reproach” Its Own Qualification, or a Qualification of the All the Others?

By Jeffrey Jeffson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Does Paul’s requirement that an elder be “above reproach” act as its own qualification, or does Paul mean for it to qualify all the other qualifications?

The Revival We Need and the Unregenerate Church Members We Have

By Jim Elliff | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

To illustrate our problem, in 2018, one beloved historic Southern Baptist Church whose name most Baptists would recognize claimed 30,000 members and an average of 6,801 attending.

Book Review: Revival and Revivalism: The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism, 1750-1858, by Iain Murray

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

I commend Iain Murray’s classic book to all present and aspiring church leaders, and to any Christian who likes to ask, “How did we get here?”

Why Does a Pastor Being “Above Reproach” Matter?

By Peter Hess | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

In the church of Jesus Christ, character matters for leadership. No character, no qualification to lead.

Why Is Being “Above Reproach” Necessary in Hard Times?

By David Doran Jr. | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

By God’s grace, you want shepherds who live with such obvious Spirit-dependence and fruit that false accusations fall flat.

What Does Being “Above Reproach” Mean?

By Paul Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

To be above reproach is, arguably, the most general of all the elder qualifications, so it has to be defined more generally.

Pray for Revival—in the Other Guy’s Church

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

God has a big plan for his whole world, and God will accomplish his work in the world. Sometimes he may do that through us. Sometimes he may do it through the church down the street.

How Strong Trellises Promote Strong Vines

By Paul Alexander | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

If you drape your vine over a simple trellis with structural integrity, then its fruit is far more likely to mature without bruising.

Can You Reverse Engineer Revival?

By Sean DeMars | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

We must labor to excel in establishing the necessary conditions for revival, all while remembering that our triune God has predetermined the sufficient conditions for revival in eternity past.

Don’t Walk the Aisle, Carry Your Cross

By Ben Lacey | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

How many non-Christians sit in your pews every Sunday, hardened in their unbelief because they’ve been given false assurance?

Revival Comes to Washington: An Analysis of the 1876 Revival in the Nation’s Capital

By Caleb Morell | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

In 1876, Washington churches partnered together to host a 105-day-long revival meeting in the National Capital. This event illustrates the extent to which modern revivalism impacted American evangelicalism.

Jonathan Edwards, Revival, and the Necessary Means of Prayer

By Mark Rogers | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

Why not gather with a few other pastors in your area once a month or once per quarter to pray for God to send revival? He has answered those kinds of prayers before.

Six Marks of Revivalism

By Andrew Ballitch | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

This article offers an introduction to revivalism. In short, it persists on a host of wrong assumptions and faulty premises. Do you see any of these marks today?

The Worship Set: Today’s Sawdust Trail

By Drew Hodge | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

If God really doesn’t care what we do when we gather and it’s up to us to design a “worship experience,” then everything is on the table.

What Can We Learn from Charles Spurgeon and the New York Revival of 1858?

By Geoff Chang | 9Marks Journal: Pursuing Revival While Avoiding Revivalism | 06.14.2022

What did Spurgeon want his people to understand about God’s work in revival?