Discipleship

Episode 48: On Core Seminars and Sunday School

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 04.17.2018

For many churches, the Sunday School hour has gone by the wayside. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan talk about how Core Seminar classes can become a vital ministry for any local church.

Church Life: Our True Political Witness

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

Where do we first beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks? Where should love of enemy first dissolve a nation’s tribalism? Where should Lincoln’s “just and lasting peace” first take root and grow?

Why Politics Overwhelms the Church

By Russell D. Moore | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

Caesar never prompted Jesus to rejoice (Lk. 10:21). Pilate never prompted him to sweat blood. Why? Because he trusted a sovereign Father and saw a kingdom that would triumph over all rivals.

Be a Gospel Neighbor

By Aaron Menikoff | 04.02.2018

Being a good neighbor is a crucial component to being a faithful evangelist. We should all aspire to be gospel neighbors.

Book Review: The Mentoring Church, by Phil Newton

Review by Bob Johnson | 03.19.2018

No matter the size of your membership, your church can (and must) pursue leadership training—and this book provides the tools to do it.

7 Ways to Protect and Pass On the Gospel

By Nathan Rose | 03.09.2018

Christian, you have an assigned task from Jesus and it involves at least two things: helping fellow church members make it to heaven and getting the gospel into the next generation.

Episode 42: On the Usefulness of Pastoral Internships (with Matt Merker)

By M. Dever, M. Merker | 03.06.2018

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Matt Merker—a pastoral assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church—chats with Mark Dever about the usefulness of pastoral internships.

Mailbag #72: Small Groups with Christians from Other Churches? . . . Which Churches Should We Pray for Publicly?

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.16.2018

— What do you think about small group Bible studies and prayer groups comprised of Christians from different churches? — How do you determine which churches to pray for publicly?

Mailbag #70: Should Our Congregation Appoint Temporary Elders from Outside Churches? . . . What Should Be the Goal of a Small-Group Bible Study?

By Jonathan Leeman | 02.02.2018

— Our church believes in elders, but currently no men are qualified. Should I recognize some outside pastors as “temporary elders”? — How should a small-group Bible study balance sound teaching with a desire for discussion?

Book Review — The Good Portion: Scripture, by Keri Folmar

Review by Erin Wheeler | 01.25.2018

Reading this book made me want to open my Bible to know Jesus more. And isn’t that what we all want as believers in the Lord Jesus?

Episode 36: On Discipling

Episode 36: On Discipling

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 01.23.2018

Discipling doesn’t need to be tethered to an elaborate program. Instead, it should be a part of a church’s culture. That’s easy to say, but hard to implement.

Do You Suffer from ‘Bible Anorexia’?

By Keri Folmar | 01.22.2018

Cutting-edge music, artistic videos, and clever illustrations can build a crowd, but God’s Word is what the Holy Spirit uses to build a church.

Church Discipline Starts with You

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

A loving church will be a disciplining church—and the burden of that discipline rests primarily us “ordinary Christians” who make up the discipleship community.

4 Reasons Every Church Needs Senior Saints

By Tim Counts | 12.20.2017

Sometimes, senior saints question their usefulness in the church as they age. That’s unfortunate because they’re an essential part of the body of Christ.

Episode 32: Remembering R.C. Sproul

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 12.18.2017

Mark Dever reflects on his friendship with the late R.C. Sproul.