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.

Book Review: Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, ed. by Thomas White, Jason G. Deusing, and Malcomb B. Yarnell, III

Review by Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 09.02.2002

Allen’s chapter aside, this book is a generally well-articulated statement of some important Baptist distinctives.

Membership and Congregationalism with Mark Dever

9Marks | 02.23.2001

Mark Dever gives a topical sermon on a biblical view of membership and congregationalism in the local church.

The Meaning of Membership with Mark Dever

9Marks | 12.31.1996

The Meaning of Membership with Mark Dever