New 9Marks eJournal
There’s a new 9Marks ejournal available focusing on making disciples in the local church. From Leeman’s introduction to the issue:
Discipling is not a program. It is not a podcast preacher. It is not a one-size-fits-all information transfer.
It is life-on-life loving in word and deed.
Jesus told us to make disciples, which means it is a basic part of the Christian life. But we are not always sure how to get a handle on it, or what it looks like.
If you are a pastor or elder, you should be leading the way in discipling younger individuals in the faith. Your instruction and example should be helping to cultivate a culture of discipleship in your church. Does that sound intimidating? If it does, are you sure you are called to be an elder?
Pastors Who Make Disciples
Basics of Discipling
Discipling When You Need to Be Discipled
By Erin Wheeler
Ever feel like you have no business playing teacher because you’re still a student? The gospel reminds us that God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. Read more >
Fruits of Discipling in the Church
Member Handout: Plugging Into Discipling Relationships
Here is a sample church handout for teaching new members how to purse discipling relationships in the church.Read more >
Book Review: Godly Conversation
Reviewed by Bobby Jamieson
Caricatures of the Puritans are like social media platforms: they seem to multiply and spread so quickly that it’s hard to keep track of them all. One common slur on these seventeenth-century saints is that they were dour, hard-bitten individualists for whom the pinnacle of spiritual maturity was spending a week straight praying in private with no sleep, no food, and no human contact.Read more >
Book Review: Gospel Coach: Shepherding Leaders to Glorify God
Reviewed by Bob Buchanan
Gospel-hyphenated book titles seem to be everywhere these days. I am thankful that the gospel is getting attention for more than “entry-level Christianity.” It is good to remind believers that, as Tim Keller puts it, a Christian never gets beyond the gospel. Yet it takes more than a title to center a book on the gospel. Read more >
Book Review: There’s Hope for Your Church
Reviewed by Zach Schlegel
No church is perfect. Well, not yet anyway. Christ laid down his life for the church and will one day present her holy and blameless. But this side of heaven, churches are filled with sinners fighting for holiness. So whether a pastor hopes to plant a church, revitalize, or has served in the same place for decades, reform is always on the agenda. How can a pastor lead his congregation to reach more people with the gospel? Grow in holiness? Resolve divisions and disputes? Train up future leaders?Read more >