Conversion

The Holy Spirit, Prayer, and Preaching

By David Helm | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.17.2016

When we genuinely embrace the conviction of our need for the Spirit, we give ourselves to the work of prayer and the work of preaching.

Book Review: After You Believe, by N. T. Wright

Review by Mike Christ | 06.08.2016

Wright majors on the skills one must develop to perform acts of holiness, but misses the relational heart of Christian obedience.

Book Review: The Whole Christ, by Sinclair Ferguson

By Paul Alexander | 05.18.2016

This book is an instant classic—historical theology at its best.

Confessions: Thick or Thin?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church | 03.16.2016

A good confession of faith builds a protective doctrinal house around a precious center: the gospel.

Book Review: Beyond the Local Church, by Sam Metcalf

Review by Ken Caruthers | 03.15.2016

If the thesis of this book is true, then it is entirely possible that the work of 9Marks and other church-strengthening organizations is in vain.

Waters That Unite: Five Truths About Water Baptism

By David Schrock | 03.14.2016

1. Baptism identifies us with Christ. 2. Baptism doesn’t save; it announces salvation. 3. Baptism is an individual announcement. 4. Baptism is also a church announcement. 5. Baptism follows belief.

Dear Pastor, Know Your Theology of Sanctification

By Mike Christ | 02.29.2016

There’s a push in evangelical circles to understand justification. This is good. But let’s make sure we haven’t neglected sanctification.

How Your Understanding of Conversion Impacts Your Ministry

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.17.2016

Your doctrine of conversion will push or drive—like an engine—your ministerial practices in this direction or that.

Is Every Christian a Missionary?

By Ken Caruthers | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 12.07.2015

Is every Christian a “missionary”? It turns out this is not an easy question to answer.

Mailbag #21: Must Preachers Be Seminary-Trained?; Baby Dedications; Elders Disagreeing Over Calvinism

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.23.2015

— Should we expect preachers to be seminary-trained? — Do baby dedications violate the regulative principle? — I’m a Calvinist, but does this mean all my fellow elders must be as well?

9 Marks of Healthy Missions

By J. Mack Stiles | 9Marks Journal: Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal | 11.18.2015

The best thing you can do for missionaries is to make sure you keep your church healthy. They can’t do the work there if churches are unhealthy here.

Book Review: Searching for Sunday, by Rachel Held Evans

Review by Ray Ortlund | 04.28.2015

I am not confident that, if I took this book to heart and swallowed its Christianity whole, I would be ready to stand before God on that great and final day.

From Lesbianism to Complementarianism

By Jackie Hill-Perry | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism & the Local Church | 03.11.2015

He was a man, and she was a woman. Similar, yet different—and she hated it.

Conversion

9Marks | 05.15.2014

What is it? A biblical understanding of conversion recognizes both what God does and what people do in salvation. In conversion, God gives life to the dead (Eph. 2:5) gives … keep reading…

Nine Marks of a Prosperity Gospel Church

By D. A. Horton | 9Marks Journal: Prosperity Gospel | 01.15.2014

A prosperity gospel church is a purely anti-nine marks church.