Schweizer’s arguments for a perpetually developing polity are unpersuasive because they depend on faulty arguments regarding differences among the apostles.
Baptism implies the local church gathering. It’s an act in which both the church *and* the new believer participate.
Should every Christian be a member of a local church?
In the Bible, church discipline is a rescue operation.
Audio from two recent 9Marks events at 2017’s Southern Baptist Convention.
We just released a Journal on church planting and church mergers. Because neither Mark nor Jonathan wrote an article for it, we devoted this episode of Pastors’ Talk to the topic.
I love gospel clarity and biblical ecclesiology, but I’m concerned about the anti-practical nature we sometimes see in the 9Marks community.
Our three-year old church had 84 members. In order to plant a church, we split in half.
Ecclesiology can’t be assumed nor should it be considered a distraction to the church planter’s “mission.”
When a church becomes less about the demands of Scripture on our lives and more about our demands on the church to fit our preferences, it loses its power to transform us and subvert our idols.
One of the most important and time-consuming tasks for a church and its pastors involves receiving and releasing members. And yet, it’s almost never talked about in books on the church or in seminary.
Mailbag #62: How to Encourage Attendance at Members’ Meetings; The Relationship between Baptism & Church MembershipBy Jonathan Leeman | 05.19.2017
— Could you provide some wisdom for how to handle situations where members are consistently neglectful of attending members’ meetings? — I understand that baptism should precede church membership. But must membership always follow baptism?
Personal relationships were never meant to serve as the foundation for our sense of church commitment.
— What are some of the pastoral principles, pitfalls, and guidelines when dealing with church members who doubt their baptism took place after their conversion? — A church member wants his daughter to be baptized twice, in two different churches. How should I respond? — As a church considers planting or revitalizing, how much should they take into account a building’s architecture?