The Gospel

Answering 4 Common Objections to Penal Substitutionary Atonement

By Stephen J. Wellum | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

At the root of every caricature of penal substitutionary atonement is a distorted doctrine of God.

“Jesus Died for Sinners”: Do Your People Know What This Actually Means?

By Conrad Mbewe | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Some professing Christians don’t know what it means when we say “Jesus died for you.” Pulpits are to blame for this serious confusion.

On the Inexhaustible Riches of Preaching Christ and Him Crucified

By Jeremy Walker | 9Marks Journal: The Heart of the Gospel: Penal Substitutionary Atonement | 08.20.2019

Christ in his death and resurrection is the beating heart of the gospel. So preach penal substitutionary atonement in all its range and richness.

Your Church Needs More Time for Personal Testimonies

By Dustin Crowe | 08.19.2019

We should consider implementing personal testimonies—the practice of remembering God’s wondrous works and celebrating his mighty deeds in our lives and churches.

In Ministry, Joy and Sorrow Don’t Cancel Each Other Out

By Winston T. Smith | 07.15.2019

The victory of sin and death and the presence of suffering are only temporary in light of Jesus’ resurrection.

What I Told My Congregation After Our Founding Pastor Died

By Mark Redfern | 06.07.2019

On that morning, I stood in front of our church on the first Sunday without our pastor of 46 years.

Pastors' Talk On the Prosperity Gospel

Episode 88: On the Prosperity Gospel (with Sean Demars & Greg Gilbert)

By G. Gilbert, J. Leeman, M. Dever, S. DeMars | 05.21.2019

The prosperity gospel is evil, and it’s spreading across the globe like wildfire.

Pastors Talk Episode 86 - On What is the Gospel (with Greg Gilbert)

Episode 86: On What is the Gospel (with Greg Gilbert)

By G. Gilbert, J. Leeman | 05.07.2019

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan sat down with Greg Gilbert—author of our book What Is the Gospel?—to chat about what is and isn’t the gospel.

Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church

Once Abused by the Church, Now I Love the Church

By Patti Withers | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

But Christ intends the local church to be a comfort and grace to all believers— even those who, like me, have been victims of church abuse.

Stories of Restoration after Church Discipline

Stories of Restoration after Church Discipline

By J. Kurz, J. Folmar, P. Newton | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019

We asked three pastors to share a story of restoration—that is, someone who had been restored to membership after being disciplined for unrepentant sin.

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4 Reasons You Should Preach through Habakkuk

By Jason Seville | 05.03.2019

You should preach through Habakkuk because of Epicurus, Luther, Leibniz, and Jesus.

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What Can Miserable Christians Sing?

By Carl Trueman | 03.25.2019

By excluding the cries of loneliness, dispossession, and desolation from its worship, the church has effectively silenced and excluded the voices of those who are themselves lonely, dispossessed, and desolate, both inside and outside the church.

Why Charismatics and Non-Charismatics Can Get Along

By Thomas R. Schreiner | 03.15.2019

If I have the right view of spiritual gifts but I don’t have love, then I am nothing.

Episode 79: On Funerals

By J. Leeman, M. Dever | 03.12.2019

In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Jonathan interviews Mark about how to preside over funeral services.

3 Reasons Definite Atonement is Basic to Biblical Missions

3 Reasons Definite Atonement is Basic to Biblical Missions

By Alex Kocman | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019

In order to preserve the vibrant missionary zeal of men like William Carey, it’s critical we view definite atonement not only as true but essential, forming the biblical basis of mission itself.