How Church Membership Gives Us Freedom

By Lee Sullivan | 05.03.2021

Isn’t it ironic that a high commitment like church membership can bring about a sense of freedom?

Be Like Batman: Guard the Gospel

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

You don’t need a seminary education. You don’t have to be an ordained minister or a spiritual superstar. All you need is the Holy Spirit, and you have that! It’s time to suit up and start guarding the gospel.

Speak Only What Is Good to Give Grace

By Josh Manley | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Our days and our words are numbered, and before long we will have to give an account to God for how we used them.

Don’t Muzzle the Ox

By Ken Mbugua | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

God’s Word languishes in the pulpit because churches have been taught to invest in buildings and projects, not men who have given themselves to the ministry of the Word.

Be a Good Witness in the Community

By Marwan Aboul-Zelof | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

When we think of being a good witness, we should do so with other believers in mind so that our witness might be amplified.

Pursue Wandering Sheep

By Jeff Lacine | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

In Matthew 18:10–20 Jesus isn’t merely calling pastors or church leaders to corral wandering sheep. He’s calling every church member. In other words, he’s calling you.

Show Up!

By Mike Gilbart-Smith | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

However gifted you might be at talking to teenagers or working on the website, your presence at corporate worship is a far more essential and significant way to serve the flock

Cleanse Out The Old Leaven

By Matthias Lohmann | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

Let’s cleanse out the old leaven of sin both corporately through corrective church discipline and individually as we fight by grace the sin in our own lives.

Prepare to Hear God’s Word

By 9Marks | 9Marks Journal: How to Build Up Your Church: A Guidebook for Members | 03.30.2021

How can you best prepare to hear God’s word on the Lord’s Day? Here are four suggestions.

An “American” Question about “American” Ideas

By Ken Mbugua | 03.24.2021

In which pastor Ken Mbugua laughs at—and then answers—the question: Are church membership and church discipline just American ideas?

Understanding the Congregation’s Authority

By Jonathan Leeman

Congregational authority is less about the meetings and more about the mission. Congregationalism has a bad rap for well-known reasons: inefficient meetings, upstart members, browbeaten ministers. But biblical congregationalism isn’t … keep reading…

Understanding Church Discipline

By Jonathan Leeman

Should we actually practice church discipline today? Is it unloving? Once an ordinary part of church life, churches gradually stopped practicing church discipline in the 20th century. But Jesus commands … keep reading…

Understanding Baptism

By Bobby Jamieson

What’s the big deal about baptism? Jesus commands his disciples to be baptized, and it’s a glorious picture of a person’s union with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Still, many … keep reading…

Understanding the Lord’s Supper

By Bobby Jamieson

Why did Jesus give the church a meal to eat together? The Lord’s Supper isn’t just something churches do together, it’s something that binds us together, making many into one. … keep reading…

How Would Paul Use a Church Directory? He’d Look for Grace on Every Page.

By Caleb Batchelor | 01.20.2021

Pull out your church directory and notice God’s grace in predestination, regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification.