The Corporate Component of Conversion

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: The Underestimated Doctrine of Conversion | 02.29.2012

The corporate element of conversion must not come first, lest we lose the whole thing. But it must come.

Resources on Membership

9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 05.01.2011

If you’re looking for some more practical resources on church membership, here are a few suggestions.

Moving Attenders to Members

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

One thing we can assume about the Christian who regularly attends church but does not join is that his or her view of the Christian life is defective somewhere.

Implementing Membership in a Church Plant

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

In order to have a church, you need Christians. So a planter . . . will need to be able to discern that there are people in his meeting who are genuinely converted.

Implementing Membership in an Existing Church

By John Folmar | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

We believe the most important question that should confront a new person attending any church is this: Where do you stand with God?

Twelve Reasons Why Membership Matters

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

The Christian life in the New Testament is church life. Christians today should expect and desire the same.

Meaningless Membership: A Southern Baptist Perspective

By Al Jackson | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

How has meaningless church membership adversely affected the Southern Baptist Convention?

Book Review: The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love, by Jonathan Leeman

Review by Tim Chester | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

I was asked to review this book as a “friendly dissenter,” but I have struggled to dissent. So now I am worried. What is it that I am supposed to have objected to?

Church Membership and Contextualization

By Ed Roberts | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

Our doctrine of church membership should take us close to a universal biblical constant, but formulating how it is lived out introduces all kinds of particular expressions.

Joining a Church the Ancient Way: From Clement to Egeria

By Michael A. G. Haykin | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

As it was in the earliest days of the Christian faith, so it is again: entry into a local church should be by way of catechism, creed, and baptism—and in that order.

Is Church Membership Biblical?

Is Church Membership Biblical?

By Matt Chandler | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 04.28.2011

If there is no understanding of local church membership, then who are we to submit to and obey? Is it anyone with the title “elder” from any church?

How Church Discipline Will Save the Parachurch

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church and Parachurch: Friends or Foes? | 03.01.2011

Jesus authorized only one institution on earth to clean the kingdom gutters and unclog its pipes—the local church.

Church Discipline and Love

9Marks | 12.01.2010

Jonathan Leeman presents the content of his book The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love in four talks at Lighthouse Bible Church in San Diego

Authority and Love

9Marks | 12.01.2010

Jonathan Leeman presents the content of his book The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love in four talks at Lighthouse Bible Church in San Diego

Idolatrous Love and Holy Love

9Marks | 12.01.2010

Jonathan Leeman presents the content of his book The Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love in four talks at Lighthouse Bible Church in San Diego