Polity on Church Discipline: A User’s Guide

By Bobby Jamieson | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 02.25.2010

If you’re a pastor trying to obey Jesus by implementing church discipline, there are few books that will aid you the way Polity will.

“Don’t do it!!” Why You Shouldn’t Practice Church Discipline

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

When pastors first discover church discipline in the Bible, I often tell them: “Don’t do it . . . at least not yet.”

Before You Discipline, Teach This First

By Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

What might not be so obvious is that a pastor needs to teach the church about more than just church discipline before they’re ready for discipline.

Those Toxic Non-Attenders

By Matt Schmucker | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 02.25.2010

Christians have been adopted into the body of Christ. Non-attenders act as if they are orphans.

The Preemptive Resignation—A Get Out of Jail Free Card?

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 02.25.2010

Ending one’s membership in a church requires the consent of both parties. We join a church by the consent of the church, and we leave a church by the consent of the church.

Grabbing a Dog by its Ears: The Role of Witnesses

By Stephen Matteucci | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 02.25.2010

So who are these one or two witnesses? And why are they so important to the church?

Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum

By B. Johnson, D. Newkirk, P. Ryken, T. Ascol, W. Price | 9Marks Journal: Miscellaneous Articles | 02.25.2010

I have learned that nothing brings greater joy to a pastor’s heart than a sinner who truly repents.

Third Mark of a Healthy Church MEMBER: Gospel Saturated

By Thabiti Anyabwile | 9Marks Journal: The Gospel | 02.25.2010

So essential is the gospel to the Christian life that we need to be saturated in it in order to be healthy church members.

The Church, Counting Numbers, & You

By Matt Schmucker | 02.24.2010

What has happened to our understanding of evangelism, conversion, church discipline, and discipleship that allows people to remain on the roles of a Christian church but never attend?

Leadership Interview with Mark Dever

The Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Church Membership (with Jonathan Leeman and John Folmar)

By J. Folmar, J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.01.2010

Mark Dever hosts a roundtable with Jonathan Leeman and John Folmar to discuss God’s love and church membership and Leeman’s new book which considers their connection.

Understanding Baptism

By Bobby Jamieson

What’s the big deal about baptism? Jesus commands his disciples to be baptized, and it’s a glorious picture of a person’s union with Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. Still, many … keep reading…

Understanding the Lord’s Supper

By Bobby Jamieson

Why did Jesus give the church a meal to eat together? The Lord’s Supper isn’t just something churches do together, it’s something that binds us together, making many into one. … keep reading…

Understanding the Congregation’s Authority

By Jonathan Leeman

Congregational authority is less about the meetings and more about the mission. Congregationalism has a bad rap for well-known reasons: inefficient meetings, upstart members, browbeaten ministers. But biblical congregationalism isn’t … keep reading…

Understanding Church Discipline

By Jonathan Leeman

Should we actually practice church discipline today? Is it unloving? Once an ordinary part of church life, churches gradually stopped practicing church discipline in the 20th century. But Jesus commands … keep reading…

Leadership Interview with Mark Dever

History and Discipline of the Local Church (with Greg Wills)

By G. A. Wills, M. Dever | 02.17.2004

What can a study of Baptist history bring to the modern church growth conversation? Join Mark Dever as he reflects on the Southern Baptist heritage with Greg Wills, Associate Professor of Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.