For years, 9Marks has been standing with historic Protestantism advocating the ordinary means of grace. There’s nothing radical about this proposal.
After my first Sunday at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, I asked myself one question and one question only: “Are these people crazy?”
The Why of Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry
In our use of liturgy, how can we make sure our confidence is in the power of God’s Word, not the creativity or ingenuity of our methods?
When we gather, let’s not mess around with our own homespun techniques. In faith, let us read the Word, preach the Word, pray the Word, sing the Word, and see and taste and touch the Word.
Still today it is through the Word, not the bare ordinances, that men and women are “born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God” (1 Pet. 1:23).
The How of Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry
Our programs are helpful only to the extent that they put people in contact with the God-ordained means of grace
The desire for numeric growth, in turn, leads many pastors to constantly look for growth strategies that undermine the ordinary means of grace.
The good news for the unspectacular pastor is this: “winning personality” is not found in the list of pastoral qualifications in 1 Timothy 3 or Titus 1.
Are buildings essential to building healthy churches? No. Can they be incredibly helpful? Absolutely.
Creativity matures beyond self-expression to humble service to all. This shift should be evident.
The Effects of Ordinary Means of Grace Ministry
Why don’t evangelical churches read the Bible during their services?
Yes, the ordinances really do change people. But faith must come first.
God has promised that through this apparently weak and frail means, using weak and frail creatures like us, he will accomplish much. He has said so. He has promised to do it. Believe what God has said.
When I was converted to Christianity as an adult over twenty years ago, I vividly recall my first Sunday at my mother’s church.
This ordinary man and his ordinary sermons brought extraordinary change to my ordinary life.
We overlook the value of ordinary, brief, Christian conversations.
With ten minutes to spare, David sat down in the pew that had become his usual spot—the top right balcony.
Pastor, there’s freedom in a simple philosophy of ministry. God hasn’t called you to creativity, or outpacing expectations.
In the Reformation, the Word did it all. Five hundred years from now, may that be said of your ministry and mine.
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