Common Questions Answered
What's so important about the local church? The 9Marks Church Questions booklets answer common questions about the local church and what it means for the daily life of a Christian.
9Marks Church Questions is a new series that provides ordinary Christians with answers to common questions about the local church. Each booklet is predicated on a question asked in a local church setting and offers sound teaching from Scripture and practical applications that help connect commitment to the local church with the daily life of a Christian.
Why Should I Join a Church?
Many of us have questions about what it means to live as a Christian in the context of a local church. You may even catch yourself asking, If I believe in Jesus, why do I need to join a church? To put it simply, when you are saved from your sin, you are saved into a community characterized by fellowship and accountability. Best-selling author Mark Dever presents seven biblical reasons why church membership is essential for displaying the gospel in your life.
“Christians are pressed by very real questions. How does Scripture structure a church, order worship, organize ministry, and define biblical leadership? Those are just examples of the questions that are answered clearly, carefully, and winsomely in this new series from 9Marks. I am so thankful for this ministry and for its incredibly healthy and hopeful influence in so many faithful churches. I eagerly commend this series.”
—R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
What If I Don’t Desire to Pray?
If you are a Christian, then you know that prayer is important. Like eating your vegetables, you know it’s good to do—but what about times when you simply don’t want to pray? John Onwuchekwa encourages Christians to talk with their heavenly Father even when it’s hard. This short treatment on prayer will help you understand the basics of why, what, and how to pray as you worship and serve in the local church body.
“Sincere questions deserve thoughtful answers. If you’re not sure where to start in answering these questions, let this series serve as a diving board into the pool. These mini-books are winsomely to-the-point and great to read together with one friend or one hundred friends.”
—Gloria Furman, author, Missional Motherhood and The Pastor’s Wife
What Should I Do Now that I’m a Christian?
When you became a Christian, you recognized your need to be forgiven of sin and freed from sin’s reign over your life. As a result, your life has been changed forever—you are now a follower of Jesus. But what does the Bible say it means to follow Jesus? Sam Emadi offers eight simple steps you should take once you become a Christian, as you set out in newness of life to thrive as a disciple of Jesus.
What If I’m Discouraged in My Evangelism?
One reason Christians don’t share the gospel is because we feel like we’re not good at it. We clam up; we fear what people might think; we feel bad; and the cycle repeats. But what if there was hope for our timid evangelism? Isaac Adams encourages disheartened evangelists to hope in God, not their efforts. If you’ve ever felt discouraged in your evangelism, you’re in good company, and you’re a prime candidate for God’s grace. Come and be reminded of it once more, so that you might joyfully share the gospel again.
How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics??
Election seasons can cause division on a variety of issues. But what happens when you disagree with someone in your local church community? Authors Jonathan Leeman and Andy Naselli propose that Christians should learn how to disagree on such issues with a spirit of gracious understanding by recognizing the importance of what binds us together as a local church body—the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“As a pastor, I get asked lots of questions. I’m approached by unbelievers seeking to understand the gospel, new believers unsure about next steps, and maturing believers wanting help answering questions from their Christian family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers. It’s in these moments that I wish I had a book to give them that was brief, answered their questions, and pointed them in the right direction for further study. Church Questions is a series that provides just that. Each booklet tackles one question in a biblical, brief, and practical manner. The series may be called Church Questions, but it could be called ‘Church Answers.’ I intend to pick these up by the dozens and give them away regularly. You should too.”
—Juan R. Sanchez, Senior Pastor, High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, Texas
Forthcoming Titles Include
- What If I Don’t Feel Like Going to Church? by David Gunderson, June 2020
- How Can Our Church Find a Faithful Pastor? by Mark Dever, October 2020
- Is It Loving to Practice Church Discipline? by Jonathan Leeman, October 2020
- Why Should I Be Baptised? by Bobby Jamieson, October 2020
- Why Should I Give to My Church? By Jamie Dunlop, March 2021
- How Can I Find Someone to Disciple Me? By Garrett Kell, March 2021
- Does God Love Everyone? by Matthew McCullough, March 2021
- How Can I Serve My Church? by Matthew Emadi, Spring 2021
- How Can I Get More Out of My Bible Reading? by Richard Siew Chin, Spring 2021
- Why Is the Lord’s Supper So Important? by Aubry Maria Sequeria, April 2021
- How Can I Support International Missions? by Mark Edwin Collins, Summer/Fall 2021
- Am I Called to Ministry? by Bradford Wheeler, Summer/Fall 2021