What Ties Churches Together?

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A Church and Churches: Independence

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

To understand how local churches relate to each other we first need to ask, who holds the keys?

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A Church and Churches: Integration

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

Local churches have the same Christ, same confession, and same commission. Here are ten practical implications of these connections.

Testing the Glue that Binds Churches Together

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

In an allegedly post-denominational age, what binds churches together? Does that glue work?

Cooperative Ministry in the New Testament

By Chad Brand | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

Share, help, support, send—New Testament churches cooperated in all these ways and more. We should too.

How Can Churches Work Together?

When Disaster Strikes: How Other Churches Helped Ours

By Toby Jenkins | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

On March 2, 2012, this church’s town was flattened by a tornado. But other area churches sprang to their aid and set an example for all of us.

Why I Pray Publicly for Other Churches

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

Why pray publicly for other churches? To crucify the spirit of competition, to show we’re on the same team, and to strengthen friendships.

Churches Cooperating in Pastoring

By Deepak Reju | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

Sometimes shepherds need to get on the phone in order to care together for straying sheep.

Churches Cooperating in Missions

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

You cannot cooperate with everyone in the work of missions, but when you do, you help to clarify the gospel.

Churches Cooperating in Discipline

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

No, most churches don’t cooperate in church discipline. Yes, they probably should. And imagine what would happen to Christian nominalism if they did.

Book Reviews

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Book Review: The Imperative of Preaching, by John Carrick

Review by David King | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 03.28.2013

If you love biblical theology, if preaching in light of redemptive history is your jet fuel, if the gospel is life to you and not just a trendy buzzword, then you really need to read this book.

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Book Review: Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being, by Zack Eswine

Review by Kevin Wilkening | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 04.17.2013

This book reminds you that you are not God, and yet you are gloriously human—just what God created you to be.

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Book Review: Pastoral Leadership Is…, by Dave Earley

Review by Colin Adams | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 04.15.2013

Something is wrong with pastoral ministry—at least Dave Earley thinks so.

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Book Review: Brothers, We Are Not Professionals, by John Piper

Review by Nathan Knight | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 04.04.2013

This book will provide a laser-sharp vision for a young pastor just getting his feet wet in the ministry.

The Creedal IMpeative

Book Review: The Creedal Imperative, by Carl Trueman

Review by Peter Hess | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 03.22.2013

Trueman demonstrates both the value of creeds and confessions for the life of the local church and the serious consequences that follow if we refuse to make our doctrinal beliefs explicit in writing.

Pastors’ Forum: Are Denominations Worth It?

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Church and Churches | 05.10.2013

9Marks asked a roundtable of pastors the same question: Are denominations worth it? Here are their answers. Tom Ascol Are denominations worth it? That depends on what your definition of “it” is. It is obviously valuable to cooperate for common causes that are germane to their mission. The New Testament points to the financial cooperation […]

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