Low ecclesiology can cause confusion about missionaries’ involvement in local churches where they serve. Should we attend? Should we be members? For many missionaries, the practical answers are “no” and “no.”
Your local church’s history is integral to your members caring for one another, for at least three reasons.
When you see a church or ministry that talks about God’s gifts but spends relatively little time talking about God’s character or our need to respond to him in repentance and faith, then you can be pretty sure you’re dealing with the prosperity gospel.
What ingredients are necessary to plant healthy, strong, biblical churches—and sustain them?
Like our sinful natures, expressive individualism is something that will inform our intuitions and our understanding until the day we die. So what do we do about it?
Few demographic tribes are more likely to “amen!” a critique of attractional church methodology than 9Marks readers. But are we guilty of cultivating individualism, too?
The liturgies of assembled, embodied, gospel worship point us toward one set of beliefs and values, while the liturgies of Internet membership point us toward a different set.
A quarrelsome, contentious person wants to argue and fight the right issues, but they do so usually at the wrong time and in the wrong way. Does this describe you?
A prideful and insecure heart will destroy a ministry, but a humbled heart can serve the Lord and his church well.
The Bible expects us to discern quarrelsome people. But how?
What can we learn from the book of Proverbs about what it means to be quarrelsome?
So how do we tell the difference between fighting the good fight and just argumentative?
Summary of Carl Trueman’s, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual RevolutionBy John Benton | 9Marks Journal: Expressive Individualism in the Church | 03.18.2022
Haven’t been able to read through Trueman’s book? Check out this 5000-word summary.
So how do you know if you’re principled or just a contentious jerk?
Pastor, your job is to honor and celebrate the embodied persons that God created every man and woman to be, and to teach your congregation to do the same.