In a healthy church, the relationship between elders and church members will be characterized by trust.
A sin that merits church discipline should be at least these three things: significant, outward, and unrepentant.
In the Bible, church discipline is always a rescue operation.
Must I be a church member to go to heaven? No, not necessarily. But throughout the New Testament, it’s clear that the Christian life is the churched life.
Pastor HB Charles, Jr. explains the theological realities behind baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
The world doesn’t have the tools to offer the kind of redemption the #MeToo movement calls for. But thankfully, the church does.
In 1 Corinthians 11:28, Paul tells us to “examine ourselves” before we eat of the bread and drink of the cup. But what does that mean practically?
Fundamentally, churches should practice church discipline for love’s sake.
Christian, you have an assigned task from Jesus and it involves at least two things: helping fellow church members make it to heaven and getting the gospel into the next generation.
The goal is for every church to be faithful—in doctrinal purity, in guarding the membership, in active gospel ministry. In this, Spurgeon and the Metropolitan Tabernacle remain a model for pastors and churches today.
Jonathan Leeman answers this important pastoral question.
— To what degree should a man’s past life—perhaps even before his conversion—affect how we consider his qualification for ministry? — Should young children who have been baptized but left out of church membership be given the Lord’s Supper?
What Mark Dever tells his congregation: if I start teaching false things, then because you love me please fire me.
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.