Editor’s Note: Defending Sound Doctrine Against the Deconstruction of American Evangelicalism

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Jonathan Leeman reflects on the recent and popular project of “deconstructing” evangelicalism.

What the Work of Christ Means for Your Church Membership Directory

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Your membership directory is more than a list of addresses and phone numbers. Each picture should represent Christ’s work, his priestly service of purification and redemption.

How the Doctrine of Sanctification Propels the Practice of Church Discipline

By Eugene Low | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021

Church discipline is a God-given means of growing his people in holiness. It seeks the good of the sinner, the building up of the church, and the glory of God.

Yes, The Ordinances Really Do Change People

By Tiago Oliveira | 9Marks Journal: The Ordinary Means of Grace—Or, Don’t Do Weird Stuff | 07.26.2021

Yes, the ordinances really do change people. But faith must come first.

Why American Courts Care about Church Membership—And Why You Should, Too

By Lael Weinberger | 07.02.2021

For Christians, the biblical case for church membership should always be first and foremost. But it’s good to know that complying with biblical best practices also has practical legal benefits.

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?