Practicing Church Discipline
When pastors first discover church discipline in the Bible, I often tell them: « Don’t do it . . . at least not yet. »
What might not be so obvious is that a pastor needs to teach the church about more than just church discipline before they’re ready for discipline.
Christians have been adopted into the body of Christ. Non-attenders act as if they are orphans.
Ending one’s membership in a church requires the consent of both parties. We join a church by the consent of the church, and we leave a church by the consent of the church.
So who are these one or two witnesses? And why are they so important to the church?
What are some lessons on church discipline you’ve learned the hard way?
Book Review: Walking Together: A Congregational Reflection on Biblical Church Discipline, by Wyman RichardsonReview by Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 2) | 03.01.2010
Can a pastor use this book for training his fellow church leaders, assuming that not all church leaders are not pastorally and theologically sensible? It gets an easy « yes. »
Miscellaneous Book Reviews
The reunion Belcher is hoping for here is just not going to happen.
I think that a less-than-biblical philosophy of ministry shines through at certain points, so read with discernment.
How do we remain biblically rooted in our corporate worship of God without becoming culturally irrelevant?
This book is a cogent and succinct summary of the central themes of the life of Jonathan Edwards, and Moody does his best work applying those themes to our present context.
Jerry Bridges and Bob Bevington have invited the church to the lifelong effort of bringing our beliefs in line with the Bible’s teaching on the atonement in all its eternal glory.
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