When we think of church discipline, it’s easy for us to detach it from our future hope. But we must guard against that temptation.
How would you, according to Scripture, define the church? Does this definition free you up or weigh you down?
I’ve never met a growing and mature Christian who doesn’t regularly attend a gospel-preaching church.
We must guard the sheep against wolves. For this reason, we must know how to build fences; that is, we must lead our church in practicing meaningful membership and discipline.
How should we confront the problem of wolves in the church? At times, we must protect the sheep by whacking the wolves with the shepherd’s rod.
Different cultural practices can create an opportunity for growth or lead to a compromise of the gospel. How can churches discern whether or not they’re on the road to compromising the gospel?
The church isn’t just one aspect of the Christian life, it’s the context of our Christian life—it shapes all the other aspects of our Christian obedience.
Let me give you four reasons why it’s worth it to preach through 1 Corinthians.
When it comes to ethical conflicts facing local churches, we need to carefully distinguish categories of “may” (permissible), “should/should not” (advisable), and “must” (obligatory).
Let’s briefly consider some of the “good-faith” objections to discipline we’ve encountered and how we try to help church members understand the theological principles undergirding discipline.
We asked three pastors to share a story of restoration—that is, someone who had been restored to membership after being disciplined for unrepentant sin.
Mailbag #76: The Role of Matthew 18’s “One or Two Witnesses” . . . Must Christians Go to Church Every Sunday? . . . How to Care for an Unwed & Pregnant MemberBy B. Johnson, J. Kurz, P. Martin | 03.01.2019
Three pastors answer one question each about church discipline, church attendance, and caring for a church member who is unwed and pregnant.
A “once saved, always saved” motif that doesn’t understand conversion and its vital connection to a church shouldn’t comfort anyone in any way.
We asked pastors from around the world a simple question: what books did you read in 2018 that helped you be a better pastor?
Before a pastor leads a church to practice discipline, he must teach the church what the Bible teaches. It’s better to woo and win the church in the truth, than to wreck it in the pursuit of rightness.