The subject of church discipline causes many to be squeamish at best and hostile at worst. Why would a church that is about loving people seek to discipline its membership? Many people avoid discipline of any kind, but when discipline is rightly applied it is a sign of love, security, and protection. In the same way, church discipline is a sign of a healthy church. In this episode, Caleb and John discuss why this is so and how church discipline is to be applied.
Case study in 1 Corinthians:5
- The purpose of church discipline is to restore, keep sin from spreading, and protect the reputation of the church.
- There is not an exhaustive list in the New Testament of sins that merit church discipline.
- The process of disciplining starts with smaller circles to larger circles.
“We don’t shoot our wounded, but we don’t leave our wounded at war.” — Todd Wagner