Why did John Calvin believe church discipline to be essential to the health of the church?
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.
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.
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.
Churches should work hard against the possibility of abusive church discipline, and we should act quickly against it.
Sin doesn’t ruin churches. Unconfessed and unaddressed sin does.
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?
Throughout church history the practice of church discipline has been largely affirmed, though at certain periods, only sporadically applied.
Over time, the careful practice of membership and discipline should make church members feel safe and well-protected.
If Western Christians think church membership and discipline are strange and alien ideas, then it’s totally new for churches in China.
Besides the Bible, a membership directory is a pastor’s most important book. But why?
“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?
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 PostsBy 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?