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?

Rediscover Church

By C. Hansen, J. Leeman

Why the Body of Christ Is Essential Churches are currently facing a host of difficult issues―potential shut-downs and restrictions due to COVID-19, political dissension among members, racial division, church abuse … 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.

Rediscover Church Study Guide

By C. Hansen, J. Leeman, M. Hill

Why the Body of Christ is Essential With the COVID-19 pandemic, changing priorities, and polarizing political and social issues, many people are now choosing to worship online—or quit church altogether. … keep reading…

How to Build a Healthy Church

By M. Dever, P. Alexander

A Practical Guide for Deliberate Leadership In the process of building a church, there are many things to consider―who will the elders be? How many seats should the sanctuary have? … keep reading…

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (4th Edition)

By Mark Dever

What Makes for a Healthy Church? You may have read books on this topic before but not like this one. Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic … keep reading…

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (3rd Edition)

By Mark Dever

You may have read books on this topic before—but not like this one. Instead of an instruction manual for church growth, this classic text offers tried and true principles for … keep reading…

How Church Discipline Aims at Heaven

By Chopo Mwanza | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020

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.

“What Exactly Should We Be Looking For?”: Reflections on My Recent Search for a Church

By Simona Gorton | 12.07.2020

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.