Conversion

You Need More Than a Better You

You Need More Than a Better You

By Mark Dever | 05.17.2018

Mark Dever reflects on the uniquely biblical doctrine of conversion.

The Local Church as a Counterculture

By Brett McCracken | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

The local church was never meant to be a cultural, comfortable, bourgeois social club that affirms people in their idolatry and helps them along on a journey to their “best life now.” It was meant to be a counterculture, a set-apart community embodying a radically different vision for human flourishing.

Understanding Our True Citizenship

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

According to Scripture, our conversion isn’t an isolated, private act. Conversion involves a change of citizenship from one kingdom to another.

Book Review: Perfect Sinners, by Matt Fuller

Review by Tim Chapman | 03.15.2018

Too many believers feel too often as though we’re living life on trial before God, uncertain of his verdict on us. This book should help Christians realize that’s not the case.

I'm doubting my salvation. What should I do?

What Should I Do When I’m Doubting My Salvation?

By Mark Dever | 02.28.2018

Mark Dever answers this important question.

Mailbag #71: A Pastor and Pre-Conversion Sins . . . Young Children, Baptism, and the Lord’s Supper

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.09.2018

— To what degree should a man’s past life—perhaps even before his conversion—affect how we consider his qualification for ministry? — Should young children who have been baptized but left out of church membership be given the Lord’s Supper?

We need God to convert us

We Need God to Convert Us

By Mark Dever | 01.31.2018

Mark Dever explains the biblical doctrine of conversion.

Fill Believers, Not Buildings: Why Success in Ministry Isn’t a Numbers Game

By Jaime Owens | 12.04.2017

The measure of a pulpit ministry isn’t its width, but its depth.

Episode 20: On the Reformation

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Jonathan Leeman interviews Mark Dever on the Reformation and its usefulness for Christians today

A Brief Look at John Calvin on Imputation

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 9Marks Journal: The Reformation and Your Church | 09.26.2017

Calvin summarizes well the Protestant doctrine of imputation, a doctrine which has continued to be a great comfort and strength for believers and for those who are heirs of the Reformation.

Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques

By Andy Davis | 09.08.2017

If the Word of God isn’t central to a revitalization effort, no genuine, long-lasting transformation will ever occur.

Ignore Spiritual “Get Rich Quick” Schemes: A Call for Patient Evangelism

By Caleb Greggsen | 09.06.2017

In our efforts to quickly mobilize churches in missions, I fear we’re unintentionally undermining the church’s ability to patiently invest for the spiritual long-term.

Book Review: The Art of Turning, by Kevin DeYoung

Review by Sean DeMars | 08.28.2017

Christians need to think more clearly about our innate moral calibration mechanism, and I’m confident this little book will help us do just that.

Book Review: Conversion & Discipleship: You Can’t Have One Without the Other, by Bill Hull

Review by Benjamin Wright | 08.18.2017

This book is a mix of both pastoral usefulness and troubling ambiguity.

Don’t Be a Do-Gooder: Pastoral Reflections on Goodness

By Aaron Menikoff | 07.17.2017

We need to grow not only in doing good, but in being good. We need the spiritual fruit of goodness. How can we grow in this?