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.”
Given how central prayer is to our lives as Christians, it makes sense that prayer is a vital part of building unity in our church.
Should you use the 1689 London Confession in your church? Yes, and here’s why.
Bad records and outdated rolls trouble any faithful pastor’s existence. Yet before you sweep things clean, consider both why and how this should be done.
Why go to all this trouble? Too many times, we had seen Satan exploit the newness or suddenness of a motion for discipline in our meetings.
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.