Church Membership

A Tale of Two Baptist Associations

By Geoff Chang | 09.23.2019

Let me tell you the tale of two Baptist associations.

3 Ways Baptism & the Lord’s Supper Ought to Shape our Monday through Saturday

By Sam Emadi | 08.12.2019

For too many Christians, baptism and the Supper are exclusively about personal professions of faith, and personal expression of one’s obedience to Jesus.

Confessing Sin Is Always Awkward, Sometimes Costly, and Absolutely Worth It

By John Lee | 07.22.2019

It’s true. Confession could cost your reputation. It could result in an awkward conversation. But freedom in the gracious, holy light of God is priceless.

7 Well-Meaning Objections to Church Discipline — And How Pastors Ought to Respond to Them

By C. Greggsen, S. Emadi | 07.05.2019

Let’s briefly consider some of the “good-faith” objections to discipline we’ve encountered and how we try to help church members understand the theological principles undergirding discipline.

Two Reasons a Church Shouldn’t Have Multiple Gatherings

By Kyle Schwahn | 07.01.2019

I’ve pastored my church for over twelve years. We’ve always had two morning services, and I never gave them much thought. Until . . .

Mailbag #84: I Live too Far from A Healthy Church. What Should I Do? . . . Among Baptists, What’s the History of a Plurality of Elders?

By S. Emadi, S. DeMars | 05.31.2019

— I live in an extremely rural area where we have many churches but none that are healthy. What should I do? — Many Baptist churches now have multiple elders. I understand the biblical case for this, but what’s the history of a plurality of elders among Baptists?

Episode 87 - On Church Membership

Episode 87: On Church Membership

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.14.2019

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan chats with Mark about our new Journal—Church Membership: Following the Lord Together.

Metaphors and Membership: How Biblical Metaphors for the Church Require Church Membership

By Sam Emadi | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

If you’re looking for the words “thou shalt be a church member” in Scripture, you won’t find them. But if that troubles you, let me encourage you to think a little differently about how to arrive at biblical conclusions.

Church Membership Is an Office and a Job

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Church membership is an office, too. It’s a job that comes with authority and responsibility.

Youth and Church Membership—Or, Stop Baptizing Children into the Ether

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

A church should not baptize young people apart from church membership. To do so is unbiblical, unhelpful, and unloving.

Why Russian Churches Need Membership

By Evgeny Bakhmutsky | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

If we want to see the gospel advance in Russia, then our churches must return to meaningful and biblical church membership—embracing the heritage left to us by Scripture and faithful Russian churches in previous generations.

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Why African Churches Need Membership

By Chopo Mwanza | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Churches in Africa needs to teach and practice biblical church membership because it helps address the false sense of community, nominal Christianity, and the subtle relativism.

How to Talk about Membership on the West Coast

How to Talk about Membership on the West Coast

By Kyle Schwahn | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

How should we talk about membership on the West Coast? Let me offer three ways that have proven helpful within our body over the past few years.

Meaningful Membership in a Small Rural Area

Meaningful Membership in a Small, Rural Area

By Josh Myrick | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

Pastors in rural areas must take into account certain challenges while leading Christ’s bride to experience the joy of meaningful membership.

Why Swedish Churches Need Membership

By Johnny Lithell | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

I’ve often been asked, in a setting like Sweden, whether church membership is even wise. Won’t it simply turn people away?