Evangelism

VIDEO: What’s wrong with evangelistic programs?

By J. Mack Stiles | 07.11.2017

The problem with evangelistic programs is that they often make you feel like you’ve done evangelism—when you actually haven’t.

VIDEO: How hard should a church work to reflect its surrounding neighborhood?

By Brian Davis | 07.04.2017

It’s our job to sow—and God’s to convert. Churches should be careful not to require of themselves what they cannot produce.

Personal Evangelism for the Church Planter and the Church Plant

By J. Mack Stiles | 9Marks Journal: Church Mergers and Plants | 06.20.2017

If evangelism is to be woven into the fabric of the life of a new church plant and its pastor, it takes some thought and planning.

Lessons on Pastoring from Martin Bucer

By Eric Beach | 05.04.2017

Martin Bucer (1491–1551) isn’t as well known as John Calvin or Martin Luther, but during the 16th century Bucer’s writings and reform of the church in Strasbourg influenced many

Mailbag #60: How to Divide the Text; Making Sunday Accessible for Non-Believers

By Jonathan Leeman | 04.21.2017

— Do you have any tips on how quickly or slowly pastors should preach through books? — Should Sunday mornings primarily aim for edifying believers or evangelizing non-believers?

The Triumph and Tragedy of Anglicanism’s First African Bishop

By Hunter Guthrie | 02.22.2017

What can we learn from Samuel Crowther, the Anglican Church’s first African bishop?

Episode 1: On Gospel Growth Beyond Your Church

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 02.14.2017

In the inaugural episode of our new podcast Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about seeing the gospel grow in your city, not just your church.

Book Review: Helping without Hurting in Church Benevolence, by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

Review by Nathan Carter | 01.11.2017

If your church is seeking to build a benevolence ministry that’s biblical and informed by best practices, then this little book will be an indispensable resource.

Western Missions and the Global Church: An Interview with Two International Christians

With Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.22.2016

In this 9Marks interview, missions pastor Andy Johnson sits down with two international Christians—”Arnold” and “Vincent”—to discuss the role the Western church plays in the growth of Christianity abroad, particularly in the Muslim world and China.

Mailbag #45: Transgender Pronouns & Marrying an Egalitarian Couple

By Jonathan Leeman | 12.16.2016

— When talking to transgender friends or family members, which pronoun should I use? — How would you handle the pre-marital counseling of an egalitarian couple?

Churches in Cameroon: Battling to Rejoice in the Riches of Christ

By Dieudonné Tamfu | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Despite the proliferation of the prosperity gospel, churches in Cameroon are blessed with an evangelistic fervor and missionary zeal.

Churches in Israel: Proclaiming the True Messiah

By David Zadok | 9Marks Journal: Healthy Churches around the World | 12.12.2016

Churches in Israel are growing in evangelistic confidence and doctrinal care, even as they wrestle with the cost of being identified with Gentile believers.

Week #11—What Christians Should Ask of Government: To Tolerate True and False Religion

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.10.2016

In a pagan culture, sexual freedom and abortive freedom is religious freedom.

25 Years Ago, “Nine Marks” Was Born

By Mark Dever | 10.28.2016

On October 30, 1991—25 years ago this Sunday—Mark Dever wrote a letter to a church in Massachusetts. They needed a new pastor and wanted to know what they should be looking for. Mark responded with a list of nine must-haves—a list that has since become known as “nine marks of a healthy church.”

4 Lessons We Should Learn from 19th-Century Missionaries

By Travis L. Myers | 10.25.2016

In contrast to current faddish pragmatic strategies devoid of ecclesiology, these 19th-century missionaries articulated a biblical and holistic understanding of the missionary life and ministry.