Why Calvin Thought Church Discipline is Essential to the Health of the Church

By Matthew Tuininga | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Why did John Calvin believe church discipline to be essential to the health of the church?

Church Discipline Starts with You

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

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.

A Testimony of Restoration

By John Jones | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

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.

A Step-by-Step Primer for Church Discipline

By Geoff Chang | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

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.

Why Church Discipline Goes Awry—And How to Avoid It

By Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Churches should work hard against the possibility of abusive church discipline, and we should act quickly against it.

Teaching Church Discipline in a Church Plant

By John Onwuchekwa | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Sin doesn’t ruin churches. Unconfessed and unaddressed sin does.

Too Big to Discipline? How a Mega-Church Practices Matthew 18

By Mark Vroegop | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

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?

A Historical Survey of Church Discipline

By Jeremy Kimble | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Throughout church history the practice of church discipline has been largely affirmed, though at certain periods, only sporadically applied.

What fruits have you seen for practicing membership & discipline?

What fruits have you seen for practicing membership & discipline?

By Aaron Menikoff | 12.13.2017

Over time, the careful practice of membership and discipline should make church members feel safe and well-protected.

Book Review: 40 Questions about Membership & Discipline, by Jeremy Kimble

Review by Joshua Fang | 12.07.2017

If Western Christians think church membership and discipline are strange and alien ideas, then it’s totally new for churches in China.

Why is a membership directory a pastor’s second most important book?

By Garrett Kell | 11.29.2017

Besides the Bible, a membership directory is a pastor’s most important book. But why?

The Flesh Is Weak: Pastoral Reflections on Self-Control

By Aaron Menikoff | 11.16.2017

“Just Do It” may be a great slogan for the world’s largest manufacturer of sportswear, but it’s a horrible motto for the Christian life.

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?

The Church Has Two Missions: Narrow and Broad

By Jonathan Leeman | 11.06.2017

What is the mission of the church? Answering that requires defining what we mean by the “church.”

Mailbag #67: What Should Members Vote On (And How) . . . Responding to Members’ Foolish Social Media Posts

By 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?