Class VI: Fellowship

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.01.2010

What does it mean to have healthy relationships in the church? Why should we care?

Where Is Your Story Written?

By Michael Lawrence | 03.01.2010

Biblical theology is an attempt to understand the whole Bible as Christian scripture telling the story of Christ.

The Problem with Much Preaching Today—And Biblical Theology as the Remedy

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology | 03.01.2010

We may say that Scripture is God’s inerrant word, yet still fail to proclaim it seriously from our pulpits.

Biblical and Systematic Confusion Yields Gospel Delusions

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology | 03.01.2010

I don’t think it’s individualistic, overly cerebral, or beholden to Western legal categories for me to want to know what you think about God.

Three Testimonies of Hospitality

By D. S. Whitney, K. Sande, R. Townsend | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

When have you seen acts of hospitality commend the gospel to outsiders?

Church Membership in a World Without NASCAR

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

Even with the Christian church’s spotty record, we ignore the past at our own peril.

A Meal Says More than You Think

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

If someone said to me, “How will God glorify himself through Christ?” I am not sure “the hospitality of God’s people” would make my list.

Wanted: Plotting and Provoking Church Members

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

Because of everything Jesus has done, and because of everything that he is, Christians are to stir one another up to love and good works.

With a Little Help From My Friends

By Michael A. G. Haykin | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

If anyone were to ask me, “What is the best thing in life?”, I would answer, ‘Friends’.”

Class V: Church Government

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.01.2010

What exactly is church government? Put simply, it’s the system by which decisions are made in a church, a description of where authority resides.

Befriending Timothy

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

When a pastor befriends a young man, the kingdom advances.

Class IV: Corporate Prayer

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.01.2010

Given how central prayer is to our lives as Christians, it makes sense that prayer is a vital part of building unity in our church.

Using Small Groups to Fight Sin

By Corby Megorden | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

It’s unwise—and, frankly, dishonest—to suggest that I don’t need help in my battle against sin.

Electing Elders

By Burk Parsons | 9Marks Journal: Elders (Part 1) | 03.01.2010

Crucial to the gospel ministry of shepherding the sheep of our Chief Shepherd is identifying those from among the flock whom God has gifted to serve as shepherds.

Favorite Children’s Bibles

By Justin Taylor | 9Marks Journal: Family & Parenting | 03.01.2010

Each of these storybook Bibles has its own strength, and we should thank God that all three are available.