9 Marks of the Biblical Church (from www.9Marks.org)
Here is how the "9 marks" undergird church-based family, educational, economic,
and judicial institutions in the boardrooms, courtrooms, classrooms, and family rooms
 

* In his book, The Upper Room, famed 19th-century theologian J.C. Riley reminds readers that the "upper room" was "the forerunner of every church and cathedral." Riley continues, "Here it was that professing Christians...first began to pray together, to worship, and to exhort one another." They focused on knowing God and the dimensions of His character. Following this example, mature church elders meet for communion, prayer, accountability. When preachers emphasize unified worship and prayer in the upper room, this focus on the Lord inspires communities to respect time-tested models for church-based family, educational, economic, and judicial institutions in the boardrooms, courtrooms, classrooms, and family rooms.

1. Biblical Theology
My church maintains a statement of theology, based on Scripture, that inspires healthy relationships with Christ and Christ’s bride.
2. The Gospel
My church differs from a non-church because of how its members believe, teach, and live out the message of the gospel.
3. Preaching
Pastors at my church preach from God’s Word and show how the Biblical text presents the Gospel in a relevant manner.
4. Conversion
My church marks conversion with baptism and communion practices that confirm repentance from sin and trust in Christ.
5. Membership
At my church, membership involves actively loving, serving, and submitting to a congregation of people.
6. Leadership
My church is led by a plurality of godly, qualified elders who are accountable to the congregation, not just to the lead pastor.
7. Discipline
My church maintains love and holiness by confronting seriously non-repentant behavior.
8. Discipleship
My church equips Christians through classroom instruction and one-on-one relationships with more mature believers.
9. Evangelism
My church equips members to communicate God's truth in a way that calls non-believers to repent and believe.