The Problem with Altar Calls and the Sinner’s Prayer

The Problem with Altar Calls and the Sinner’s Prayer

By Michael Lawrence | 02.13.2020

There’s no question the Lord has used altar calls and the sinner’s prayer to bring people to himself. But in general, they’re not a good idea. They inoculate people to the gospel, convincing them they no longer need it when in fact they don’t have it at all.

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.

What Does It Mean that “God Is Love”?

What Does It Mean that “God Is Love”?

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.07.2020

When the Apostle John says “God is love,” what does he mean?

Missionaries Need to Know What a Church Is: A Lesson from Adoniram Judson

By Geoff Chang | 01.17.2020

The goal of missions is not merely individual conversions. Rather, it’s to see indigenous, gospel-preaching churches planted.

Best Books for Pastors in 2019

By Alex Duke | 12.20.2019

We asked pastors from around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2019 that helped you be a better pastor?

Essential and Indispensable: Women and the Mission of the Church

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.10.2019

The essential and indispensable nature of women for the mission of the church does not depend upon any form of programmatic or paid ministry. It depends on what Christ has made women through dying and rising for them: disciples, witnesses, priests, fellow-workers.

Can Women Be Sent Out as Missionaries?

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning | 12.10.2019

So can women be missionaries? Yes, of course. But also yes to the biblical teaching on gender distinctions in the life of the church. The two are not at odds.

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.

4 Reasons You Should Preach through 1 Corinthians

By J. Mack Stiles | 11.18.2019

Let me give you four reasons why it’s worth it to preach through 1 Corinthians.

The Great Commission Is Guaranteed, So Let’s Get to Work

By Dayton Hartman | 11.01.2019

Every church that takes seriously the Great Commission must take seriously the need to plant more churches that will make disciples who plant more churches . . . and this is the pattern until Christ returns.

What's the Biblical Understanding of Conversion?

What’s the Biblical Understanding of Conversion?

By Nathan Malpass | 10.23.2019

It’s one thing to *say* that God is totally sovereign in salvation. But it’s another thing entirely to let that conviction shape and constrain how your church actually does ministry.

9Marks podcast Episode 101 On Conversion Pastors Talk

Episode 101: On Conversion (with Michael Lawrence)

By J. Leeman, M. Lawrence | 10.22.2019

Your doctrine of conversion will affect your understanding of what a local church should be.

6 Reasons You Should Preach through Acts

By Jeramie Rinne | 10.07.2019

The book of Acts is the narrative of how God’s end-times promises have begun to be fulfilled by the risen Lord Jesus through the Spirit-empowered apostolic preaching of the gospel to all people and the establishing of local churches.

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A Church’s Witness in the Community

By Paul Martin | 09.25.2019

If we focus on calling the unsaved out of sin without dealing with the sin in our own churches, then we will hamper our evangelism and our reputation in the community.

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?