Michael Lawrence

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.

Testimonies of the Underestimated Gospel

By A. Mohler, C. J. Mahaney, C. Trueman, D. Patrick, D. Platt, G. Gilbert, J. D. Greear, J. Mack Stiles, J. Purswell, J. Piper, K. DeYoung, L. Duncan, M. Dever, M. Chandler, M. Schmucker, M. Lawrence, M. McKinley, P. Williams, R. D. Moore, T. Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion | 02.29.2012

What were the human means and instruments of your conversion?

How “Belonging before Believing” Redefines the Church

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion | 02.29.2012

When we begin to deliberately blur the line, we confuse Christians about what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the first place.

Pastors’ Forum: Do’s and Don’ts of Church Reform

By B. Johnson, G. Kell, M. Dever, M. Lawrence, M. McKinley, T. Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How | 10.28.2011

What to do—and what not to do—in the midst of church reform.

Dear Associate Pastor, Sincerely, a Former Associate Pastor

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1 | 06.28.2011

So you’ve been called by a congregation to serve as an associate pastor. Now what?

Leave Your Church Well: An Interview with Michael Lawrence

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Pastoral Moves | 12.20.2010

The elbows were out—not in order to hurt anybody, but to make sure they don’t come back six months after I get there and say, “You never said that you believed this!”

Using Small Groups to Cultivate Fellowship

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: Miscellaneous Articles | 08.23.2010

It’s possible to be a biblical Christian without belonging to a small group. It’s impossible to be one without belonging to a church.

Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church

By J. Leeman, M. Lawrence, T. R. Schreiner | 06.01.2010

Why is biblical theology essential for pastoral ministry? How do you do it? Find out in this roundtable discussion with Michael Lawrence, Tom Schreiner, and Jonathan Leeman.

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