Discipleship

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You Can’t Love Missions without Loving the Local Church

By Caleb Greggsen | 04.19.2017

Service in global missions and service to the local church aren’t opposed to each other—or at least they shouldn’t be.

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Episode 10: Should A Church Reflect Its Surrounding Community?

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 04.18.2017

Does your congregation look like the people who live around it? If not, does it matter? How important is it that a church reflects its surrounding community?

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Pastors, Spend Time with Non-Pastors

By Garrett Kell | 04.13.2017

Pastors, we must use some of our best time, energy, and resources training up plumbers, lawyers, teachers, and bankers.

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Pursuing Contentment through Your Ordinary Local Church

By Erik Raymond | 04.06.2017

Your church has a primary role in your personal pursuit of contentment. Does this surprise you?

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7 Dos and Don’ts of Discipling Singles

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.22.2017

Here are seven simple things we can do—and not do!—so singles in our midst know we love them and respect them as fellow image-bearers of God.

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Single Pastors, Biblical Counseling, and the Local Church

By Bert Daniel | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

How can a single pastor build a constructive counseling ministry in the context of the local church?

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Pastoring Discontented Singles

By Jeremy Pierre | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

A basic distinction between fact and interpretation is helpful when pastoring discontented singles.

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9 Ways to Pastor Those Longing for Marriage

By Matt Smethurst | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

As you shepherd those longing for a spouse, don’t miss the opportunity to listen, to comfort, and to speak truth in love.

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Diagnostic Questions for Ministering to Singles

By Mary Willson | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

As you are preaching through the Scriptures and thinking about applying the text, you might consider whether your text addresses questions like these.

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Folding Singles into Family in the Life of the Church

By Sean DeMars | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

How are the families in your church are doing at loving single people? Do they strive to fold single people into their lives?

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Using the Holidays to Host Singles

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Here are a few comments intended to encourage you to fold single-adult friends into your special family events.

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Singleness, Same-Sex Attraction, and the Church: A Conversation with Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and Christopher Yuan

By C. Yuan, R. Butterfield, S. Allberry | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Sam Allberry, Rosaria Butterfield, and Christopher Yuan answer questions on same-sex attraction, singleness, and the church.

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Reforming College Dating through Discipleship

By Allen Duty | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.20.2017

Older men in the church can help college men develop a God-honoring approach to dating by encouraging them to imitate godly examples, embrace biblical values, and involve the church.

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Sunday School Curriculum: Singleness and Courtship

By 9Marks | 9Marks Journal: Pastoring Singles | 03.19.2017

Capitol Hill Baptist Church offers a 13-week Sunday School course on singleness and courtship for free on its website. You can find all the manuscripts here.

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Mailbag #56: Voting for a Pro-Choice Candidate; What Makes a “True” Church?

By Jonathan Leeman | 03.17.2017

— Is it okay to tell my church members, “You should never vote for a pro-abortion candidate”? — Would you say churches that don’t practice membership or discipline are not true churches?