The Gospel

Book Review: The Kingdom of God Has No Borders, by Melani McAlister

Review by Jonathan Baer | 02.27.2020

Readers seeking to understand recent evangelical history in a global context will find The Kingdom of God Has No Borders an engaging and informative read.

10 Flavors of Works-Based Salvation

By Ed Moore | 02.10.2020

And any work which you try to contribute to your salvation, your justification before God, annuls the grace of God and insults the God of grace.

All Christian Ministry Is Supernatural

By William Farley | 01.27.2020

Paul had no illusions. He would either have a supernatural ministry or go home. He was totally dependent. There were no other options. 

3 Reasons You Should Preach Through 2 Corinthians

By Travis Cardwell | 11.25.2019

Our culture tells us to play to our strengths. But below the surface, the stubborn reality of our weakness remains. What will we do with it?

Is the Slippery Slope Actually Slippery? Egalitarianism and the Open-and-Affirming Position

By Colin Smothers | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 11.23.2019

So, is there really a slope between embracing egalitarianism and endorsing homosexuality?

Why Do Christians Need to Hear the Gospel Every Day?

By Cameron Smart | 11.22.2019

Here are eight reasons we need to hear gospel truths each and every day.

What Does 2 John Have to Teach Us about Partnering with False Teachers?

By Sean DeMars | 10.18.2019

We must not align ourselves with false teachers, apostate churches, or any of their ministries in any way that will confuse people about the truth of the gospel and the identity of Jesus.

Pastor, Don’t Waste Your Spiritually Dry Seasons

By Jeff Mooney | 09.09.2019

Every Christian—and every pastor—has spiritually dry seasons. How do we handle them?

Still Not Ashamed: A Response to Jackson Wu

By A. Samuel, A. Sequeira | 09.03.2019

Since the publication of our article on penal substitution in honor / shame cultures, there have been some questions and concerns raised about our characterization of proponents of honor / shame contextualization.

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.

The Necessity of Penal Substitution for Suffering Saints

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

The doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement keeps me sane and secure amid suffering.

Pastoring Abuse Sufferers with the Doctrine of Penal Substitutionary Atonement

By Mez McConnell | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

As a former victim and as a pastor to the abused, I wish to look at some of the practical implications of holding to PSA.

Ten Atonement Songs You Should Consider Singing

Ten Atonement Songs You Should Consider Singing

By Bob Kauflin | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

We will never have enough songs to extol the glory of the Lamb who was slain to purchase our salvation.

The Love Story of Penal Substitutionary Atonement

By Michael Lawrence | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

The entire storyline of Scripture, the history of redemption, is the story of God providing substitutes for his people to cover their shame and bear the judgment they deserved so that they might be accepted by him.

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.