Membership

Don’t Muzzle the Ox

By Ken Mbugua | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

God’s Word languishes in the pulpit because churches have been taught to invest in buildings and projects, not men who have given themselves to the ministry of the Word.

Maintain a Good Relationship with Christians from Other Churches

By Jonathan Worsley | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

When it comes to the Christian life, when it comes to how members of different gospel-preaching churches ought to relate to one another, we need to change our strategy.

Pray for Other Members

By Ty Gooch | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

We all know how terribly trite it feels to ask God over and over again to help out your fellow church members with their health, safety, or money problems. So how do we pray without just repeating ourselves?

Pursue Wandering Sheep

By Jeff Lacine | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

In Matthew 18:10–20 Jesus isn’t merely calling pastors or church leaders to corral wandering sheep. He’s calling every church member. In other words, he’s calling you.

Work for Unity

By Harry Fujiwara | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Go and make every effort to pursue unity. I know it’s hard. But it’s good for you.

Put Others’ Interests Above Your Own

By Brian Vickers | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Coming up with a list of what makes a good church member seems like an easy enough thing to do—until you try it.

Rejoice with Those Who Rejoice; Weep with Those Who Weep

By Paul Martin | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

To really love another is a spiritual exercise. It requires massive internal commitment to kill every visible sin, to resist every temptation, to cling to every good, and to reject every evil.

Associate with the Lowly

By Joel Kurz | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Who are the outcasts in your community? Who is overlooked? And when are they coming over for dinner?

Enter into the Trials of Fellow Church Members

By Derek Minton | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

If Paul’s words, “If one member suffers, all suffer together” are realized in our churches, it will be through the labor of Spirit-empowered imagination.

Invite Your Pastors into Your Life

By Omar Johnson | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Don’t let your pastors live on a ministry island. Let them get to know you, and the Lord’s love for them through you. They need you.

Encourage Your Pastor

By Chad Van Dixhoorn | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Where do we find the books that tell us how to look after those who look after us?

Contribute to the Needs of the Saints

By Alex Hong | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

When needs are met, thanksgiving abounds, obedience is manifested, the church is built up, and God is glorified!

Sing to One Another

By Matt Boswell | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

On this next Lord’s Day, I hope you will sing from the bottom of your heart with gratitude to the Lord as an act of worship.

Cleanse Out The Old Leaven

By Matthias Lohmann | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Let’s cleanse out the old leaven of sin both corporately through corrective church discipline and individually as we fight by grace the sin in our own lives.

Be Hospitable

By Doug Van Meter | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Hospitality is not the responsibility of extroverts but of every church member.