Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

Authority is better than you think and worse than you think. It is God’s good and dangerous gift.

GOD'S GOOD GIFT

The Shift from Authority to Preference—And Its Consequences for the Church

By Os Guinness | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

Our modern world tends to undermine all forms of authority other than its own and replaces them with the sense that all responses are merely a matter of preference.

The Nature of Church Authority

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

Church authority is how a group of individual Christians speaks in unison to the nations, “Here we are, a new nation and race. We represent Jesus and we have good news for you!”

Is There Such a Thing as Church Authority?

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

Here are seven points regarding the keys of the kingdom, and how local churches exercise authority through their use.

What is the Nature of Pastoral Authority? — Perspectives from a Methodist, a Presbyterian, and a Baptist

By B. Merkle, K. DeYoung, M. O'Reilly | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.26.2016

We asked three pastors from three different traditions to answer the question: What is the nature of a pastor’s authority?

Delighting in Authority: How to Create a Culture of Happy Complementarians

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

It’s time for the church to create space in its local assemblies for strong females who happily affirm authority while advocating for more opportunities for women to flourish according to their gifts and qualification.

Is It Self-Serving to Teach on Your Own Authority?

By B. Johnson, J. Yong | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

We asked two pastors the question: Is it self-serving to teach on a pastor’s authority? If not, then how should you do it?

Views of Authority from around the World

By J. Fang, M. Gilbart-Smith, R. Hsu, T. J. Santos Filho | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

We asked three pastors to reflect on how the people of their nation—Brazil, Great Britain, and China—tend to respond to exercised authority.

How a Roman Catholic View of Church Authority Compares to a Protestant View

By Gregg R. Allison | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

What’s the difference between a Protestant understanding of local church authority and a Roman Catholic one?

GOD'S DANGEROUS GIFT

Authority, Not Authoritarian

By Taylor Turkington | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

As a woman deeply thankful for the calling and care of elders, I’d like to offer four questions that may help you recognize if you are drifting into domineering.

Don’t Be a 9Marxist!

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.16.2016

Here are fifteen marks that will keep you from being a “9Marxist,” that is, a church leader who abuses their authority.

Authority and Its Abuse

By Shai Linne | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

The greater the degree of authority, the greater the pain inflicted when it is abused. If it’s devastating in the world, how much more so in the church of Jesus Christ?

Redeeming Authority for Those Who’ve Only Known Its Abuse

By Mez McConnell | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

As a pastor who has also suffered abuse, how do I respond to the abused sufferers and anti-authoritarian people in my care in a way that’s biblical, loving, and true to God’s revealed Word?

The Abuse of Authority in Prosperity Gospel Churches

By D. A. Horton | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.21.2016

Prosperity gospel churches are seedbeds for abusive authority.

GETTING PRACTICAL

How Scripture’s Authority Shapes What We Do On Sunday Morning

By Brian Davis | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.28.2016

How do we decide what to do when we gather together on Sundays? Well, quite simply, we don’t decide. God does—and God has.

The Sword and the Shepherd’s Staff: Reporting Sexual Abuse to the Authorities

By Travis Wussow | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

It is not a pastor’s job to adjudicate the dispute; instead, the pastor’s job is to walk with his people through the implications created by the state’s justice system.

A Pastoral Response to Millennial Autonomy

By Kevin McKay | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 08.15.2016

The church gives millennials the joys of intimate relationship and meaning, but not in ways most might naturally think.

A Healthy Church Member Is a Humble Follower

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

Leadership in the local church is established by God for the blessing of his people. However, for leadership to be effective, it needs to be encouraged and supported by the members of the church.

Church Membership: A Single Woman’s Perspective

By Chelsea Patterson | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

When I first began attending my church, I’d never given much thought to church membership. And if I’m honest, it all sounded a bit dull to me.

How New Elders Earn Authority

By Clint Humfrey | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

How does a new elder earn that informal authority or trust that is crucial to leading a congregation?

On the Authority of a Sending Church

By Ken Caruthers | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.30.2016

Let’s ensure that missionaries who leave quickly fall under the authority of a Christ-governed healthy church wherever they are.

Thinking Biblically about Authority: An Interview with David Wells

By David Wells | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 03.15.2017

What we all need are not more authoritarian preachers but more authoritative sermons.

The Reformation and Your Church

Fall 2017
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Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

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The Church Praying

Spring 2016
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Confessions, Covenants, and Constitutions: How to Organize Your Church

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Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

Fall 2015
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Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015
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Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014
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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

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The Church Singing

May–June 2014
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Prosperity Gospel

January–February 2014
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Evangelism – Part 2

November–December 2013
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Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013
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Church and Churches

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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012
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November—December 2011
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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

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Pastoring Women

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A New Evangelical Liberalism

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Young Pastors

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Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

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The Church’s Mission

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September 2006

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