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.
What has happened to our understanding of evangelism, conversion, church discipline, and discipleship that allows people to remain on the roles of a Christian church but never attend?
Mark Dever hosts a roundtable with Jonathan Leeman and John Folmar to discuss God’s love and church membership and Leeman’s new book which considers their connection.
What can a study of Baptist history bring to the modern church growth conversation? Join Mark Dever as he reflects on the Southern Baptist heritage with Greg Wills, Associate Professor of Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Book Review: Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, ed. by Thomas White, Jason G. Deusing, and Malcomb B. Yarnell, IIIReview by Greg Gilbert | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline (Part 1) | 09.02.2002
Allen’s chapter aside, this book is a generally well-articulated statement of some important Baptist distinctives.
Mark Dever gives a topical sermon on a biblical view of membership and congregationalism in the local church.