Church Discipline

8 Reasons Your Excuses for Not Practicing Church Discipline Don’t Work

By Paul Alexander | 09.24.2018

As it turns out, these eight excuses not to practice church discipline are actually reasons *to* practice church discipline.

Book Review: Practicing the Power, by Sam Storms

Review by Paul Martin | 08.16.2018

Sam Storms’ recent book is a field guide for Reformed churches to introduce charismatic practices into the life of the assembly.

What the Church Can and Should Bring to the #MeToo Movement

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Church Life: Our True Political Witness | 04.17.2018

The world doesn’t have the tools to offer the kind of redemption the #MeToo movement calls for. But thankfully, the church does.

Putting People Before Policies in Church Discipline

By Nate Pickowicz | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

In recent years, the number of churches committed to exercising biblical church discipline seems to be increasing.

Why Churches Should Excommunicate Longstanding Non-Attenders

By Alex Duke | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

I’ve never met a growing and mature Christian who doesn’t regularly attend a gospel-preaching church.

Why Calvin Thought Church Discipline is Essential to the Health of the Church

By Matthew Tuininga | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Why did John Calvin believe church discipline to be essential to the health of the church?

Church Discipline Starts with You

By Whitney Woollard | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

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.

A Testimony of Restoration

By John Jones | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

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.

A Step-by-Step Primer for Church Discipline

By Geoff Chang | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

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.

Teaching Church Discipline in a Church Plant

By John Onwuchekwa | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Sin doesn’t ruin churches. Unconfessed and unaddressed sin does.

Should You Excommunicate Someone Who Joins an “Open & Affirming” Congregation?

By Andy Johnson | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Should churches excommunicate someone who joins an “open and affirming” congregation?

Good and Bad Excuses Not to Practice Church Discipline

By Brad Wheeler | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

What are some good and bad excuses not to practice church discipline?

A Historical Survey of Church Discipline

By Jeremy Kimble | 9Marks Journal: Church Discipline: Medicine for the Body | 01.09.2018

Throughout church history the practice of church discipline has been largely affirmed, though at certain periods, only sporadically applied.

Book Review: 40 Questions about Membership & Discipline, by Jeremy Kimble

Review by Joshua Fang | 12.07.2017

If Western Christians think church membership and discipline are strange and alien ideas, then it’s totally new for churches in China.

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?