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?
Mark Dever and Jonathan Leeman interview Matt to talk about the reasons behind this transition.
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?
Despite what some people think, church discipline isn’t an unloving, invasive act, perpetrated by wicked people.
Do you want to faithfully follow Christ during your college years? Then join a church.
— How should we treat our 18-year-old daughter’s relationship with her girlfriend? How do we love them without condoning their sin? — Should all churches have a plurality of elders, or are there some churches that simply cannot have a plurality of elders?
This book’s ecclesial-shaped Christianity is utterly necessary for the church today.
How does a Protestant understanding of church discipline differ from Roman Catholicism’s?
What if we took seriously our “for better or worse, till death do us part” vows in marriage and then applied them to church?
Should every Christian be a member of a local church?
In the Bible, church discipline is a rescue operation.
When a church becomes less about the demands of Scripture on our lives and more about our demands on the church to fit our preferences, it loses its power to transform us and subvert our idols.
One of the most important and time-consuming tasks for a church and its pastors involves receiving and releasing members. And yet, it’s almost never talked about in books on the church or in seminary.
Mailbag #62: How to Encourage Attendance at Members’ Meetings; The Relationship between Baptism & Church MembershipBy Jonathan Leeman | 05.19.2017
— Could you provide some wisdom for how to handle situations where members are consistently neglectful of attending members’ meetings? — I understand that baptism should precede church membership. But must membership always follow baptism?