Michael Lawrence

Complementarianism & Theological Triage

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.11.2019

I’d like to offer some help on how to talk and think about the application of complementarianism within your own congregation, whether that’s with people you agree with or people you don’t.

9Marks podcast Episode 101 On Conversion Pastors Talk

Episode 101: On Conversion (with Michael Lawrence)

By J. Leeman, M. Lawrence | 10.22.2019

Your doctrine of conversion will affect your understanding of what a local church should be.

The Love Story of Penal Substitutionary Atonement

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

The entire storyline of Scripture, the history of redemption, is the story of God providing substitutes for his people to cover their shame and bear the judgment they deserved so that they might be accepted by him.

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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.

How a philosophy of ministry clarifies the doctrine of the conversion

Your Understanding of Salvation should Shape your Philosophy of Ministry

By Michael Lawrence | 08.14.2019

If you believe God is totally sovereign in conversion, then that should affect your philosophy of ministry—how you preach, how you evangelize, and even how you structure your membership process.

Without Exception: How to Handle Exceptions to the Statement of Faith

Without Exception: How to Handle Exceptions to the Statement of Faith

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

What do we do when someone takes exception to our church’s statement of faith?

Why Young People Leave the Church

Why Young People Leave the Church

By Michael Lawrence | 04.03.2019

Young people need to be given a worldview that answers the hard questions, not one that masks over questions with moralism and fun.

Hey Calvinist, Enough of Your Revivalism

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.04.2019

How do you grow your church? It’s a question every pastor or church leader asks, a question in which almost every Christian is interested.

Belonging Before Believing?

By Michael Lawrence | 12.20.2018

Pastor Michael Lawrence explains why this ministry philosophy, though well-intentioned, is not a good idea.

3 Reasons You Should Preach through Ezekiel

By Michael Lawrence | 11.29.2018

Unless you’re one of those people that is into arcane prophecy and end-times speculation, then why should you preach the book of Ezekiel? Here are three reasons.

No Application? Then You Haven’t Preached

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Expositional Preaching | 06.18.2015

Explaining the text is not applying the text, and if you haven’t applied the text, you haven’t preached.

Biblical Theology and Identity

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church | 08.20.2014

Here’s what happens when Scripture’s story of sonship tells us who we are.

How Should Christians Relate to Excommunicated Family Members?

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 06.17.2014

How should Christians relate to family members who have been excommunicated from a church?

Who Should Pick the Music?

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 04.23.2014

Three reasons why a pastor should choose a church’s songs.

When to Intrude, When to Defer

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2 | 01.03.2013

When and how should lay elders push back on decisions of staff elders? Consider first what “hat” the staff elder is wearing.

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