How the Doctrine of Sanctification Propels the Practice of Church DisciplineBy Eugene Low | 9Marks Journal: Sound Doctrine: The Foundation for Faithful Ministry | 11.16.2021
Church discipline is a God-given means of growing his people in holiness. It seeks the good of the sinner, the building up of the church, and the glory of God.
How Church Discipline Aims at HeavenBy Chopo Mwanza | 9Marks Journal: Heaven: Rejoicing in Future Glory | 12.22.2020
When we think of church discipline, it’s easy for us to detach it from our future hope. But we must guard against that temptation.
Why Churches Should Excommunicate Longstanding Non-AttendersBy Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 08.14.2020
I’ve never met a growing and mature Christian who doesn’t regularly attend a gospel-preaching church.
Build Fences Around Your FlockBy Joel Kurz | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020
We must guard the sheep against wolves. For this reason, we must know how to build fences; that is, we must lead our church in practicing meaningful membership and discipline.
Whacking the WolvesBy Juan Sanchez | 9Marks Journal: Shepherding: The Work & Character of a Pastor | 06.30.2020
How should we confront the problem of wolves in the church? At times, we must protect the sheep by whacking the wolves with the shepherd’s rod.
“Is This a Sin?”: Ethical Triage and Church DisciplineBy Andrew T. Walker | 10.02.2019
When it comes to ethical conflicts facing local churches, we need to carefully distinguish categories of “may” (permissible), “should/should not” (advisable), and “must” (obligatory).
7 Well-Meaning Objections to Church Discipline — And How Pastors Ought to Respond to ThemBy C. Greggsen, S. Emadi | 07.05.2019
Let’s briefly consider some of the “good-faith” objections to discipline we’ve encountered and how we try to help church members understand the theological principles undergirding discipline.
Stories of Restoration after Church DisciplineBy J. Kurz, J. Folmar, P. Newton | 9Marks Journal: Church Membership: Following the Lord Together | 05.07.2019
We asked three pastors to share a story of restoration—that is, someone who had been restored to membership after being disciplined for unrepentant sin.
Mailbag #81: Helping a Church Grow in Discipling . . . How to Receive Members Who Left a Former Church Poorly.By B. Johnson, J. de Koning | 04.19.2019
— How can I help my church grow in discipling? — Receiving members who left their former church on bad terms.
Mailbag #76: The Role of Matthew 18’s “One or Two Witnesses” . . . Must Christians Go to Church Every Sunday? . . . How to Care for an Unwed & Pregnant MemberBy B. Johnson, J. Kurz, P. Martin | 03.01.2019
Three pastors answer one question each about church discipline, church attendance, and caring for a church member who is unwed and pregnant.
7 Ministry Consequences of CalvinismBy Jonathan Leeman | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019
The goal of this piece is not to argue with or even to address the non-Calvinist pastor. It is to say to the Calvinist, “If you believe this, your ministry should look like that.”
Why Your Doctrine of Perseverance Demands Church DisciplineBy Raymond Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Ecclesiology for Calvinists | 02.05.2019
A “once saved, always saved” motif that doesn’t understand conversion and its vital connection to a church shouldn’t comfort anyone in any way.
Episode 62: On How to Prepare a Church to Practice DisciplineBy J. Leeman, M. Dever | 10.30.2018
Before a pastor leads a church to practice discipline, he must teach the church what the Bible teaches. It’s better to woo and win the church in the truth, than to wreck it in the pursuit of rightness.
Does Pornography Use Ever Justify Church Discipline?By Brad Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: The Pastor and Pornography | 10.30.2018
At what point, if ever, does a persistent pattern of pornography warrant church discipline?
8 Reasons Your Excuses for Not Practicing Church Discipline Don’t WorkBy Paul Alexander | 09.24.2018
As it turns out, these eight excuses not to practice church discipline are actually reasons *to* practice church discipline.