Class XII: Worship

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.01.2010

What is worship? What does it mean to worship God? And what does worship have to do with the unity that should exist in the body of Christ?

Class IX: Church Discipline

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.01.2010

How should we react to unrepentant sin in the church?

Church Membership in a World Without NASCAR

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

Even with the Christian church’s spotty record, we ignore the past at our own peril.

Wanted: Plotting and Provoking Church Members

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Hospitality & Friendship | 03.01.2010

Because of everything Jesus has done, and because of everything that he is, Christians are to stir one another up to love and good works.

Book Review: Walking Together: A Congregational Reflection on Biblical Church Discipline, by Wyman Richardson

Review by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 03.01.2010

Can a pastor use this book for training his fellow church leaders, assuming that not all church leaders are not pastorally and theologically sensible? It gets an easy “yes.”

Class IV: Corporate Prayer

By Jamie Dunlop | 9Marks Journal: Living As a Church | 03.01.2010

Given how central prayer is to our lives as Christians, it makes sense that prayer is a vital part of building unity in our church.

Why (and How) Your Church Should Hold the 1689 Confession

By Sam Waldron | 02.26.2010

Should you use the 1689 London Confession in your church? Yes, and here’s why.

Cleaning Up the Rolls

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Holding the Body Together | 02.26.2010

Bad records and outdated rolls trouble any faithful pastor’s existence. Yet before you sweep things clean, consider both why and how this should be done.

Cleaning Up the Rolls (Part 2): The Care List

By Matt Schmucker | 02.26.2010

Why go to all this trouble? Too many times, we had seen Satan exploit the newness or suddenness of a motion for discipline in our meetings.

Moving Toward Meaningful Membership

By David King | 02.26.2010

Hebrews 13:17 haunts me.

Let’s Just Admit It: Church Discipline Is a Tough Subject

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.26.2010

Church discipline is tough because it feels like the opposite of salvation. It feels like anti-salvation.

1st Mark of a Healthy Church MEMBER: Expositional LISTENING

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 02.26.2010

What we are listening for when the Word is preached is not primarily “practical how-to advice.”

Separating Insiders and Outsiders

By Mike McKinley | 9Marks Journal: Miscellaneous Articles | 02.26.2010

How should we evaluate different prescriptions for a successful church? How can we tell what’s good advice and what’s worthy of the so-called circular file?

Informed Consent: Biblical and Legal Protection for Church Discipline

By Ken Sande | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

By updating your governing documents with these kinds of provisions, you can strengthen your ability to obey God’s command to restore straying sheep.

Discipline in the Mainline – Is it Possible or Even Wise?

By Kevin DeYoung | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 02.25.2010

Discipline is possible, on a congregational and on a denomination-wide level. I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes. But it is rare and difficult.