Church discipline is tough because it feels like the opposite of salvation. It feels like anti-salvation.
What we are listening for when the Word is preached is not primarily “practical how-to advice.”
How should we evaluate different prescriptions for a successful church? How can we tell what’s good advice and what’s worthy of the so-called circular file?
By updating your governing documents with these kinds of provisions, you can strengthen your ability to obey God’s command to restore straying sheep.
Discipline is possible, on a congregational and on a denomination-wide level. I’ve witnessed it with my own eyes. But it is rare and difficult.
When we researched multi-site churches we had a hard time pinpointing concerns with it because in all the reading we did we rarely came across two churches that do it the same way.
If you’re a pastor trying to obey Jesus by implementing church discipline, there are few books that will aid you the way Polity will.
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?
I have learned that nothing brings greater joy to a pastor’s heart than a sinner who truly repents.
So essential is the gospel to the Christian life that we need to be saturated in it in order to be healthy church members.