Corporate Worship

Churches in Iran: The Significance of the Lord’s Supper

By Alan Davidson | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

If I were speaking to a room full of Christians concerned for the church in Iran, I tell them: “I intend to make the Lord’s Supper the key focus of my work with the local church.”

Mailbag #44: Applying “Husband of One Wife”; Leaving the Church but Attending Bible Study; Women Voting in the Church

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.09.2016

— What does “husband of one wife” mean? That a prospective elder must have never been divorced? — Someone who left our church still wants to attend our church’s ladies’ Bible study. Is that okay? — Does 1 Timothy 2:12 forbid women from voting in congregational matters?

Preach About the Church to the Church

By Keith Collier | 11.16.2016

But despite the trend of growing expository preaching, what if a blind spot—a byproduct of 20th-century evangelicalism—exists in our preaching?

6 Reasons Congregational Singing Is Waning

By Thom Rainer | 11.08.2016

Here is the clear reality in many congregations: congregational singing is waning in many churches. In some churches it seems to have disappeared altogether.

Mailbag #40: Too High a Standard for Church Membership; Where Are Churches Commanded to Gather Weekly

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.04.2016

—You say the standard for church membership is nothing more than simply “being a Christian.” But that’s not entirely true, is it? —Where in Scripture are local churches commanded to gather every week?

Book Review: Calling on the Name of the Lord: A Biblical Theology of Prayer, by J. Gary Millar

Review by Paul Alexander | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 10.14.2016

Why pray certain things? Because the Bible tells you to from cover to cover. This book will simplify, motivate, and focus your own prayer life.

How Scripture’s Authority Shapes What We Do On Sunday Morning

By Brian Davis | 9Marks Journal: Authority: God's Good and Dangerous Gift | 09.28.2016

How do we decide what to do when we gather together on Sundays? Well, quite simply, we don’t decide. God does—and God has.

Book Review: Praying Together, by Megan Hill

Review by Erin Wheeler | 09.27.2016

Are you someone who struggles to pray? Read this book. Are you someone who wonders whether it’s worth the often costly sacrifice to join mid-week with other saints to pray? Read this book.

Book Review: Rhythms of Grace, by Mike Cosper

Review by Matt Damico | 09.06.2016

It can be tempting to try to create or manufacture “experiences” for our people. But years of thoughtfully planned services with Word-centered content will bear more fruit than sporadic highs.

9 Choices for a Healthy Music Ministry

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 08.24.2016

The musical excellence we aim for should be more in the congregation than in the instrumentalists or vocalists who lead or accompany our singing.

In Praise of Low-Budget, Non-Professional Music Ministries

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: The Church Singing | 08.23.2016

I’m not saying the way my church “does” music is the only way, or even the best way. What I am saying is that the quality of music and especially the quality of singing is not dependent upon the size of your music budget.

Praying Together: An Invisible, Yet Vital Work

By Megan Hill | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.21.2016

Corporate prayer isn’t much to look at. But it’s one of the most important things a church does.

Looking to the New Testament for Models of Corporate Prayer

By Andy Davis | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.21.2016

There is evidence in the New Testament that the Holy Spirit wills to use prayer meetings to pour out his power again and again on local churches.

4 Reasons You Should Add a Regular Prayer Service to Your Church Calendar

By Brad Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.21.2016

If you could add one thing to your church calendar, what would it be? Have you considered adding a regular prayer service?

Learning to Pray by Listening in Church

By Claudia Anderson | 9Marks Journal: The Church Praying | 06.21.2016

My every prayer of thanksgiving should properly begin with gratitude to those who took me to church as a child and who, when I was long grown, invited me back.