We Pursue the 9Marks of a Healthy Church

We Pursue the 9Marks of a Healthy Church

What are the 9Marks?

As a church, we pursue the 9Marks of a healthy church as defined by the 9Marks Ministries. 9Marks was established by Mark Dever of Captial Hill Baptist Church in Washington DC. For more information you can read his book 9 Marks of a Healthy Church or visit their website at 9marks.org. You will find our church listed in their directory. The 9Marks have been defined as follows:

  1. Expositional Preaching
    • An expositional sermon takes the main point of a passage of Scripture, makes it the main point of the sermon, and applies it to life today.
  2. Biblical Theology
    • Biblical theology is about sound doctrine that is rooted in Scripture.
    • We know God through His Word.
  3. The Gospel
    • The gospel is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.
    • It is the only way for sinful people to be reconciled to a holy God.
  4. Conversion
    • Jesus said you must be born again.
    • Only God can save. He saves individuals by enabling them to respond to the gospel message through repenting of sin and trusting in Christ. God gives life to the dead. Go gives sight to the blind. God gives the gifts of faith and repentance.
  5. Evangelism
    • Evangelism is sharing our faith with non-Christians.
    • It is simply telling others about the good news that Jesus Christ came to save sinners and urging them to repent and believe.
  6. Membership
    • We believe in the practical necessity for Christians to commit to attend, love, serve, and submit God and one another in a local church.
    • The church is the Body of Christ. It is the Bride of Christ. It is a family, a flock, and a temple made of living stones.
  7. Discipline
    • Church discipline is everything the church does to help its members pursue holiness and fight sin. Preaching, teaching, prayer, corporate worship, accountability relationships, and godly oversight by pastors and elders are all forms of discipline.
  8. Discipleship
    • Churches should exhort their members to both grow in holiness and help others do the same.
    • Biblical discipleship and growth are important because none of us are finished products.
    • This is a life-long process of learning by which we grow in faith.
  9. Leadership
    • The Bible teaches that local churches should be led by a plurality of godly, qualified men called elders.