When we think of church discipline, it’s easy for us to detach it from our future hope. But we must guard against that temptation.
If you’re looking for a church, I invite you to ask some of the same questions we asked and to examine a few of the principles laid out in Scripture.
For years, certain churches and ministries have referred to “virtual church” or “attending church online.” This year of COVID-19—the “anti-gathering virus,” as Mark puts it in this episode—has made such phrases even more popular.
Christian, you and I can “download” biblical truths virtually. Wonderful. Yet we cannot feel and experience and witness those truths becoming enfleshed in the family of God.
Episode 149 explained what “cleaning the rolls” means, and why pastors should lead their churches to do it. Episode 150 continues the conversation, but focuses on how to actually get it done.
Some churches report hundreds of members, with dozens in attendance. These churches need to “clean their rolls.”
Book Review: Growing Healthy Asian American Churches, edited by Peter Cha, S. Steve Kang, and Helen LeeReview by Geoff Chang | 09.24.2020
My hope is that this book is the beginning of a fruitful conversation among Asian American leaders on what the Bible has to say about growing healthy Asian American churches.
“I’m looking for a church that’s just like me.” Few people would say it quite so crassly, but the sentiment is common.
How would you, according to Scripture, define the church? Does this definition free you up or weigh you down?
I’ve never met a growing and mature Christian who doesn’t regularly attend a gospel-preaching church.
Why would 9Marks feel compelled to respond to Grace Community Church’s elders and raise these points right now?
Jonathan Leeman asks Mark Dever to reflect on his friendship with J. I. Packer.
As a pastor, how many times have you heard a member tell you, “I’m so sorry we missed last Sunday—we just couldn’t make it with everything we have going on!”?
We must guard the sheep against wolves. For this reason, we must know how to build fences; that is, we must lead our church in practicing meaningful membership and discipline.
How should we confront the problem of wolves in the church? At times, we must protect the sheep by whacking the wolves with the shepherd’s rod.