Liturgies Are the Pipes, But the Word Is the Water

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

In our use of liturgy, how can we make sure our confidence is in the power of God’s Word, not the creativity or ingenuity of our methods?

Don’t Do Weird Stuff

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

For years, 9Marks has been standing with historic Protestantism advocating the ordinary means of grace. There’s nothing radical about this proposal.

Do Weird Stuff

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

After my first Sunday at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, I asked myself one question and one question only: “Are these people crazy?”

How A Good Desire for Church Growth Can Lead to Bad Ministry Practices

By Harshit Singh | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

The desire for numeric growth, in turn, leads many pastors to constantly look for growth strategies that undermine the ordinary means of grace.

How Programs Fit into an Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Our programs are helpful only to the extent that they put people in contact with the God-ordained means of grace

Why Preaching Is Primary and the Ordinances Aren’t

By Jonty Rhodes | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Still today it is through the Word, not the bare ordinances, that men and women are “born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pet. 1:23).

Why the Ordinary Means of Grace Must Be Central in Our Gatherings

By David Strain | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

When we gather, let’s not mess around with our own homespun techniques. In faith, let us read the Word, preach the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, and see and taste and touch the Word.

Congregational Singing: Can Musical Style Dilute This Ordinary Means of Grace?

By Neal Woollard | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Creativity matures beyond self-expression to humble service to all. This shift should be evident.

“The Word Did It All”: The Necessity of Preaching According to the Protestant Reformers

By Shawn Wright | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

In the Reformation, the Word did it all. Five hundred years from now, may that be said of your ministry and mine.

The Freedom that Comes from Being Boringly Biblical

By Eric Bancroft | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Pastor, there’s freedom in a simple philosophy of ministry. God hasn’t called you to creativity, or outpacing expectations.

Between Sundays: Life in the Means of Grace

By Raymond Johnson | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

With ten minutes to spare, David sat down in the pew that had become his usual spot—the top right balcony.

Never Underestimate the Value of Ordinary, Brief, Christian Conversations

By Caleb Greggsen | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

We overlook the value of ordinary, brief, Christian conversations.

How I Accidentally Stumbled Across—And Then Fell in Love with—the Ordinary Means of Grace

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

This ordinary man and his ordinary sermons brought extraordinary change to my ordinary life.

Yes, Preaching Really Does Change People

By Mike Bullmore | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

God has promised that through this apparently weak and frail means, using weak and frail creatures like us, he will accomplish much. He has said so. He has promised to do it. Believe what God has said.

Yes, The Ordinances Really Do Change People

By Tiago Oliveira | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Yes, the ordinances really do change people. But faith must come first.