If Western Christians think church membership and discipline are strange and alien ideas, then it’s totally new for churches in China.
Mailbag #68: Does a Church’s Maturity Affect Church Discipline Approach? . . . Should We Bring into Membership a Family Who Doesn’t Speak Our Language?By Jonathan Leeman | 11.10.2017
— Should a congregation’s age, spiritual maturity, and experience of church discipline play into a “muddy” church discipline decision? — How should we maintain a robust membership process while taking into account a new family’s language barrier?
Mailbag #67: What Should Members Vote On (And How) . . . Responding to Members’ Foolish Social Media PostsBy Jonathan Leeman | 11.03.2017
— What are considered “important matters” for members to vote on—and how do you practically carry out the voting process? — How should I respond to a church member’s foolish use of social media?
Despite what some people think, church discipline isn’t an unloving, invasive act, perpetrated by wicked people.
— How should adult children respond to the unrealistic demands of their parents? — An excommunicated member continues to come and participate in the Lord’s Supper. What should we do?
How does a Protestant understanding of church discipline differ from Roman Catholicism’s?
Think of a three-legged stool. Now imaginatively label one of those legs “Scripture,” label the second leg “Tradition,” and label the third leg “Magisterium.”
Schweizer’s arguments for a perpetually developing polity are unpersuasive because they depend on faulty arguments regarding differences among the apostles.
Martin Bucer (1491–1551) isn’t as well known as John Calvin or Martin Luther, but during the 16th century Bucer’s writings and reform of the church in Strasbourg influenced many
— Is it okay to tell my church members, “You should never vote for a pro-abortion candidate”? — Would you say churches that don’t practice membership or discipline are not true churches?
— Can you explain your church’s “care list”? — Does marrying an unbeliever warrant church discipline?
Would you believe it if someone told you church structure actually plays a crucial role in your individual discipleship?
— Looking at Genesis 2:18–20, would you say women are designed to help their husbands or everyone with a special focus on their husbands?
Mailbag #47: Applying Paul’s “Able to Teach” Qualification; Confidentiality between Pastors and Members?By Jonathan Leeman | 01.06.2017
— How gifted does someone have to be in order to be considered “able to teach”? — Can church members appeal to a kind of “pastor-member confidentiality”?
Conservative evangelical churches in Britain benefit from the legacy of faithful expositors of the Word. However, clarity on the centrality of the gospel is accompanied by confusion on the importance of secondary matters.