Conversion

10 Reasons Why You Should Preach through Romans

By Bob Johnson | 10.25.2019

John Piper waited until the end of his pastoral ministry before he preached through Romans. I didn’t have that much wisdom, so I dove in.

What Did the Cross Achieve?: The Logic of Penal Substitution

By J. I. Packer | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

The task which I have set myself in this lecture is to focus and explicate a belief which, by and large, is a distinguishing mark of the word-wide evangelical fraternity: namely, the belief that the cross had the character of penal substitution, and that it was in virtue of this fact that it brought salvation to mankind.

How to Explain Covenantal Headship to Your Members 

By Harry Fujiwara | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

In explaining covenantal headship to your members, it will be helpful to walk them through three closely related biblical truths: total depravity, the virgin birth, and substitutionary atonement.

Lose Particular Redemption, Lose Penal Substitution

By Sinclair Ferguson | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Penal substitution implies efficacious redemption.

Did the Church Fathers Affirm Penal Substitutionary Atonement?

By Brian Arnold | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Did the church fathers also hold to the doctrine of penal substitution? The answer is yes and no.

Book Review: The Unsaved Christian

Review by John Power | 06.14.2019

Matthew 7 reminds us of the missional urgency to reach those in our worship services who are comfortable with Christian lingo but have no understanding of the truth.

5 Reasons Pastors Ought to Pray for Slow Growth

By Aaron Menikoff | 05.06.2019

Smaller churches are not godlier than larger churches. I’m not calling for no growth. I’m simply going to suggest both you and your congregation will be well-served by slow and steady growth.

We Need to Help New Converts from Non-Christian Backgrounds Honor Their Families

By Ajith Fernando | 03.28.2019

It’s vital for older Christians to talk often with new Christians, making sure that in following Christ, they haven’t unduly harmed their relationship with their family.

The Tragedy of Sparing Others from Obedience

By Joey Nickerson | 03.04.2019

We’re not doing anyone any favors by sparing them obedience, even when it’s hard, even when it feels “insane.” We’re only withholding from them everything on the other side.

Reformation Doctrine Fuels Reformation Ecclesiology: A Brief History

By Owen Strachan | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The Reformation fire has not gone out, nor has the evangelistic zeal of the modern American church died. The Word still speaks—and the gospel still is mighty to save.

Still Young, Restless, and Reformed? The New Calvinists at 10

By Collin Hansen | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

In another 10 years, it’s probable no one will talk again of the YRR.

3 Reasons Definite Atonement is Basic to Biblical Missions

3 Reasons Definite Atonement is Basic to Biblical Missions

By Alex Kocman | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

In order to preserve the vibrant missionary zeal of men like William Carey, it’s critical we view definite atonement not only as true but essential, forming the biblical basis of mission itself.

Dilapidated Buildings, Small Budgets, and Struggling Congregations

Dilapidated Buildings, Small Budgets, and Struggling Congregations: How Irresistible Grace Creates Steadfastness in Ministry

By Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The doctrine of God’s irresistible grace is for you, right now, right here, on Tuesday morning.

The Five Points of Calvinism and Your Church’s Sunday Meeting

The Five Points of Calvinism and Your Church’s Sunday Meeting

By Matt Merker | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

It’s vital for those of us who hold to a reformed or “Calvinistic” doctrine of salvation to consider if our corporate worship reflects our professed soteriology.

Five Marks of a Calvinist Pastor's Ministry

Five Marks of a Calvinist Pastor’s Ministry

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

The last thing I want to do is imply one must embrace Calvinism to be a good pastor. Rather, in this article, I simply aim to reflect on how an affirmation of the doctrines of grace can spur a pastor on to greater degrees of faithfulness.