Church Discipline

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 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?

Mailbag #67: What Should Members Vote On (And How) . . . Responding to Members’ Foolish Social Media Posts

By 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?

4 Reasons Churches Don’t Practice Church Discipline

By Jeremy Kimble | 11.02.2017

Despite what some people think, church discipline isn’t an unloving, invasive act, perpetrated by wicked people.

Mailbag #64: How to Honor Exasperating Parents; Responding to an Excommunicated Member

By Jonathan Leeman | 10.13.2017

— How should adult children respond to the unrealistic demands of their parents? — An excommunicated member continues to come and participate in the Lord’s Supper. What should we do?