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Christianity 101: The ABC's of the Faith


Here are resources for further learning the basics of the Christian Faith:

Week 1 Meet Your Bible

Video: Tullian Tchividjian talk on The Active & Passive Righteousness of God

Article: Martin Luther: Introduction to Galatians

Book: Everything You Want to Know About the Bible. Peter Downey & Ben Shaw. Zondervan. 2005

The Bible Project: Excellent animations of the themes and books of the bible.

Pastor Mark Dever: Overview of the Books of the Bible. (scroll down to see overviews)

Pastor John Piper: Look at the Book is a detailed exploration of passages of the Bible.

Tons of free resources from the preaching ministry of Pastor John Piper and Bethlehem Baptist Church ~ Minneapolis, MN

Resources, blogs, articles, videos from a coalition of brothers and sisters from a wider spectrum of the Body of Christ.

The Mission

9Marks exists to equip church leaders with a biblical vision and practical resources for displaying God's glory to the nations through healthy churches.

The History

The organization has its roots in the pastoral work of Mark Dever and Matt Schmucker at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. This congregation had been in decline for several decades when Mark (pastor) and Matt (administrator/elder) began to reform it in the early 1990s. The two didn’t follow the conventional wisdom of church growth literature—conduct surveys, establish new programs, or cultivate the right culture. They just opened their Bibles. Mark preached, and both men worked to structure the church after the Scriptures.

The Book

At Matt’s prompting, Mark wrote the self-published booklet “9 Marks of a Healthy Church,” which several years later became the Crossway published book Nine Marks of a Healthy Church. As more and more pastors found the conversations begun by Mark and Matt helpful, an organization was birthed in the late nineties, which has grown little by little since then.

The Organization

9Marks believes the local church is the focal point of God’s plan for displaying his glory to the nations, and that the Bible is sufficient for the life of the church. As an organization, therefore, we are church-focused, scripture-focused, and pastor-focused. We value a multiplicity of voices and styles as well as like-minded partnerships. We hope to continue growing in our own knowledge of God’s Word and its application to the local congregation. And we intend to spread our content through existing venues, platforms, and institutions, not to create new ones.

The nine marks are (1) expositional preaching, (2) biblical theology, (3) a biblical understanding of the good news, (4) a biblical understanding of conversion, (5) a biblical understanding of evangelism, (6) biblical church membership, (7) biblical church discipline, (8) biblical discipleship and growth, and (9) biblical church leadership. These are not the only things which are necessary for building healthy churches, they are nine practices which many churches today overlook and that need to be emphasized once again.

1,600 sermons to shine light on the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Biblical Training

Free Online Bible & Seminary Classes

Vision is a Christian, non-profit ministry that has a passion to equip people to become biblically trained and fully devoted disciples of Jesus.


Spiritual growth requires knowledge and understanding of biblical content and theology. All people have a right to access high quality, holistic, Christian education


To create and distribute world-class educational resources for discipleship that are holistic and accessible for all


World class. Our professors are among the best academics in the world, and know how to teach.

Holistic. We want to see students move through content to deep reflection and application.

Configurable. Ministries can use BT lectures as well as their own to design their educational program.

Accessible. BiblicalTraining is a web-based ministry whose content is free.

Community-based. We encourage people to learn together, in mentor/apprentice relationships.

Broadly evangelical. Our materials are broadly evangelical, governed by our Statement of Faith.

Partners. We provide the content and delivery mechanisms, and our partners provide the community and mentoring. When there are no partners, we provide a virtual community and real-life mentors.

E-Sword "FREE" Bible Software Program

E-sword is a fantastic, FREE, Bible software program. You cannot get a better program for the price! Download it for free today.

It's Saturday morning but not just any Saturday morning. This Saturday is one of the "workshop saturdays". If you are an artist in the greater Haverhill area, this Saturday morning is special. You see, every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month, members and friends of the Haverhill Art Association gather at the First Church of Christ (10 Church St, Bradford MA) from 9am to noon for a workshop.

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