As a part of the new 9Marks Journal—Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body—Jonathan Leeman sits down with Mark Dever to talk about church discipline.
God’s discipline of his people is an integral part of the Bible’s entire storyline, from Eden to the new creation.
In recent years, the number of churches committed to exercising biblical church discipline seems to be increasing.
I’ve never met a growing and mature Christian who doesn’t regularly attend a gospel-preaching church.
Why did John Calvin believe church discipline to be essential to the health of the church?
A loving church will be a disciplining church—and the burden of that discipline rests primarily us “ordinary Christians” who make up the discipleship community.
To this day, I don’t know if I was a backslidden convert or if I was a deceived non-Christian. Either way, church discipline served to expose my hypocrisy.
Church discipline would be easier if the church wasn’t made up of people. But Jesus didn’t come for buildings or institutions or events. He came to save a people for himself, sinners like you and me.
Churches should work hard against the possibility of abusive church discipline, and we should act quickly against it.
Sin doesn’t ruin churches. Unconfessed and unaddressed sin does.
Should churches excommunicate someone who joins an “open and affirming” congregation?
What are some good and bad excuses not to practice church discipline?
When it comes to church discipline, there’s a familiar refrain: “The mega-church is just too big to discipline.” But does it have to be this way?
Throughout church history the practice of church discipline has been largely affirmed, though at certain periods, only sporadically applied.
If Western Christians think church membership and discipline are strange and alien ideas, then it’s totally new for churches in China.