Baptists and Calvinism: Lessons from Sprague’s Annals of the American Baptist Pulpit

By Caleb Morell | 05.24.2021

Just like today, Baptists were in the nineteenth century were a “big tent” denomination. Differences persisted, but they were handled with charity.

Fisherman or Fishermen? Considering the Church’s Corporate Mission

By Matt Sliger | 04.26.2021

The mission of the church is in fact the mission of the church. Rather than merely being one person casting from a pier, it’s a host of men and women holding their part of the net.

Understanding the Great Commission

By Mark Dever

God means to fulfill the Great Commission through local churches. How did the apostles and the churches of the New Testament obey the Great Commission? By gathering Christians together in … keep reading…

Understanding the Congregation’s Authority

By Jonathan Leeman

Congregational authority is less about the meetings and more about the mission. Congregationalism has a bad rap for well-known reasons: inefficient meetings, upstart members, browbeaten ministers. But biblical congregationalism isn’t … keep reading…

Should Missionaries Be Looking for “Persons of Peace”?

By Alex Kocman | 01.25.2021

Whereas the term “seeker” has been associated with the church growth movement in North America in particular, “person of peace” has lodged itself into the lexicon of modern missions.

Should You Talk About Heaven When You Share the Gospel?

By Matthias Lohmann | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

We should talk about heaven in our evangelism because it’s the ultimate goal of the gospel’s promise.

How Does the Hope of Heaven Drive Missions?

By Wayne Chen | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Every person on the planet will live forever. The sooner we accept that reality, the sooner we will pursue missions with urgency, focus, and perseverance.

Forum: Perspectives on Heaven from the Persecuted Church

By J. Mack Stiles, J. Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

We asked pastors around the world this question: “How have you encouraged Christians experiencing significant persecution with the hope of heaven?”

Real Change

By Bobby Jamieson

Conversion There is great hope in God’s power to change, and everyone needs to be changed. This study explores what God does when he saves someone, answering questions such as: … keep reading…

Reaching the Lost

By Bobby Jamieson

Evangelism The Bible calls all Christians to share the good news about Jesus’s death and resurrection with those who don’t believe in Christ. Yet this task can often seem daunting. … keep reading…

“What Exactly Should We Be Looking For?”: Reflections on My Recent Search for a Church

By Simona Gorton | 12.07.2020

If you’re looking for a church, I invite you to ask some of the same questions we asked and to examine a few of the principles laid out in Scripture.

Episode 148: On How A Culture of Discipling + Lay Elders = Church Planting

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.20.2020

Healthy churches plant churches. But how? What causes a church to “bubble over”? Here’s one way.

Church Planting Is for Wimps

By Mike McKinley

How God Uses Messed-up People to Plant Ordinary Churches That Do Extraordinary Things Church Planting Is for Wimps tells the story of the revitalization of Guilford Baptist Church in northern Virginia. … keep reading…

Preachers Talk, Episode 10: On Preaching the Gospel

By D. Helm, J. Meeks, K. Edward Copeland | 09.24.2020

Must you preach it in every sermon? How do you prevent every sermon from sounding the same or flattening your text?

3 Reasons You Should Preach through Hebrews

By Bobby Jamieson | 09.14.2020

Perseverance is a drum pastors can always afford to beat, especially during a pandemic. And Hebrews tells us how to persevere: look to Christ who persevered before us, and for us.