LEARNING ABOUT HEAVEN FROM THE PAST

The Church Should Sing for Heaven’s Sake: When and Why We Stopped Singing about Heaven, and How to Start Again

By Matthew Westerholm | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Churches that neglect heaven don’t serve their members well because they make promises they cannot keep.

“The Very Heaven of Heaven”: Puritan Reflections on Immanuel’s Land

By Matt Haste | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

While the Puritans are often remembered for preaching about the horrors of hell, they gave far more attention to the glories of heaven.

ESTABLISHING THE FOUNDATIONS

On Earth as in Heaven: A (Very) Brief Biblical Theology of Heaven

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Does Scripture offer more than a few scattered references to heaven? Even more, does heaven play any part in the Bible’s storyline?

Do We Get Rewards in Heaven?

By Brian Vickers | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Christians should never think of obedience, love, or service in terms of earning some future pay-off.

Three Ways Our Deeds Relate to Our Salvation

By John Piper | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

The biblical texts relating to this issue are many and diverse, but not contradictory. If you take any one of them and treat it as the whole picture, you will almost surely lead people astray.

Hallelujah Over Hell? How God’s People Rejoice While Their Enemies Perish

By David Mathis | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

While we may struggle now with how the eternal destruction of the wicked could be a cause for joy, we won’t struggle forever.

HEAVEN IN THE CHRISTIAN LIFE

Crumbling Homes on Earth, Established Kingdom in Heaven

By Dieudonné Tamfu | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Sometimes, I ask myself: How can I live and serve Christ in such a crumbling place?

Thank God for the “Pie in the Sky”: Why the Heavenly Minded Do the Most Earthly Good

By Aaron Menikoff | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

The older I get, the more I long for heaven. But this longing isn’t tempting me to curl up on the couch, cover my eyes, and simply wait for this terrible world to go away.

The Other Christ-Centered Joys of Heaven: An All-Things Vision of the Christian Afterlife

By Jared C. Wilson | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

What joy it will be to finally see, hear, touch, and taste things as God truly and eternally intended!

God Can’t Wait for You to Get to Heaven: A Reflection on Ephesians 2:7

By Dane Ortlund | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Ephesians 2:7 is telling you that your death is not an end but a beginning. Not a wall, but a door. Not an exit, but an entrance.

Hymns in a Woman’s Life

By Drew Bratcher | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

I was the first of the fourth generation of the family, and, being the oldest by several years, spent considerable time with my great-grandmother, much of it alone. I liked her.

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?”

HEAVEN AND THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH

Churches: The Embassies and Geography of Heaven

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Your local church is an embassy and the temporary geography of heaven. Have you ever thought about that?

The Lord’s Supper: A Foretaste of the Heavenly Banquet

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

The Lord’s Supper is an appetizer for the feast that will commence on the day when Christ reunites heaven and earth.

How Church Discipline Aims at Heaven

By Chopo Mwanza | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

When we think of church discipline, it’s easy for us to detach it from our future hope. But we must guard against that temptation.

HOW HEAVEN SHAPES OUR PHILOSOPHY OF MINISTRY

The Hope of Heaven at the Beginning of Ministry

By Omar Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

On your worst day, or during your worst week, or after what may feel like the worst possible start to ministry you can imagine, there’s reason to rejoice, reason to hold out hope. Your name is written in heaven.

The Hope of Heaven at the End of Ministry

By Phil Newton | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

I should have talked more about the hope of heaven at the beginning of my ministry because I certainly can’t quit talking about it now as I near my ministry’s end.

Heavenly Helps for Pastoral Problems: 7 Ways Heaven Helps Us Overcome Challenges in Ministry

By Mark Redfern | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Paul repeatedly connects the implications of eternal life to his pastoral labor. In this article, I will highlight seven of those implications.

Heaven in Our Troubles

By Jeremy Pierre | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Scripture doesn’t describe heaven generically, but specifically, with details meant to grip our hearts in times of trouble.

Preaching Heaven to Help Your People Fight Materialism

By Ryan Fullerton | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Here are four ways we can preach about heaven that will help both our people and ourselves put off an unhealthy desire to treat the material things of this life as our ultimate treasure.

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.

BOOK REVIEW

Book Review: Heaven by Randy Alcorn

By Caleb Greggsen | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

Randy Alcorn’s Heaven responds to fanciful, Scripture-less depictions of heaven with a faithful, biblical exploration of the subject.

How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members

March 2021
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Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory

December 2020
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Pastoring Through Political Turmoil

September 2020
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Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor

June 2020
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What’s Wrong With Gospel-Centered Preaching Today?

March 2020
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Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

Complementarianism: A Moment of Reckoning

December 2019
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The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement

August 2019
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Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

Church Membership: Following the Lord Together

May 2019
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Ecclesiology for Calvinists

February 2019
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The Pastor and Pornography

The Pastor and Pornography

October 2018
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Pastoral Burnout: Its Causes & Cures

July 2018
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Church Life: Our True Political Witness

Spring 2018
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Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body

January 2018
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The Reformation and Your Church

Fall 2017
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Church Mergers and Plants

Summer 2017
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Pastoring Singles

Spring 2017
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Healthy Churches around the World

Fall / Winter 2016
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Authority: God’s Good and Dangerous Gift

Summer/Fall 2016
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The Church Praying

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

Winter 2016
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Missions: Adding Wisdom to Zeal

December 2015
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Multi-Ethnic Churches

Summer/Fall 2015
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Expositional Preaching

Spring 2015
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Complementarianism & the Local Church

Winter 2015
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Vanishing Church?

Fall 2014
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Biblical Theology: Guardian and Guide of the Church

Summer 2014
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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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Evangelism – Part 1

September–October 2013
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Is Scripture Enough?

July–August 2013
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Church and Churches

May—June 2013
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Pastoring Christians for the Workplace

March—April 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide—Part 2

Jan—Feb 2013
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Lay Elders: A User’s Guide – Part 1

November—December 2012
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Discipling in the Church

September—October 2012
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Mercy Ministry in the Church

July—August 2012
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Wanted: Apostolic Pastors

May—June 2012
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The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion

March—April 2012
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Don’t Be Too Cool for Sunday School

January—February 2012
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Revitalize: Why We Must Reclaim Dying Churches—and How

November—December 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 2

September—October 2011
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The Pastor and his Staff, Part 1

July—August 2011
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Church Membership: Holding the Body Together

May—June 2011
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Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes?

March—April 2011
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Pastoral Moves

January—February 2011
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Book Reviews on the Mission of the Church

November—December 2010
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Hell: Remembering the Awful Reality

September—October 2010
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Pastoring Women

July—August 2010
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Journal about Deacons

Deacons

May - June 2010
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A New Evangelical Liberalism

January—February 2010

Church Discipline (Part 2)

November—December 2009

Church Discipline (Part 1)

September—October 2009

Missions

July—August 2009

Multi-site Churches

May—June 2009

Young Pastors

March–April 2009

Raising Up the Next Generation of Pastors

January–February 2009

Counseling in the Church

November–December 2008

Family & Parenting

September–October 2008

Marriage & Pastors’ Wives

July—August 2008
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Living As a Church

May–June 2008

Cooperation

March–April 2008

Corporate Prayer

January–February 2008

Church & Culture

November–December 2007

Race and Ethnicity

September—October 2007

The Gospel

July–August 2007

Preaching

May–June 2007

Elders (Part 2)

March–April 2007

Hospitality & Friendship

January 2007

Elders (Part 1)

February 2007

Biblical Theology

November–December 2006

The Church’s Mission

October 2006

The Emerging Church

September 2006

Miscellaneous Articles

December 1999