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Sunday School: Mark VII: Discipline

August 20, 2017 Speaker: John Bell Series: Sunday School: What is a Healthy Church?

Topic: Church Discipline

(RECAP: of MARK VI) What is biblical church membership?

Church membership is a formal relationship between a church and a Christian characterized by the church’s affirmation and oversight of a Christian’s discipleship and the Christian’s submission to living out his or her discipleship in the care of the church.

Several elements are present:

• A church body formally affirms an individual’s profession of faith and baptism as credible.

• It promises to give oversight to that individual’s discipleship.

• The individual formally submit his or her discipleship to the service and authority of this body and its leaders.

What is biblical church discipline?

1. In the broadest sense, church discipline is everything the church does to help its members pursue holiness and fight sin (Ephesians 4:11-32; Philippians 2:1-18)

2. In a narrower sense, church discipline is the act of correcting sin in the life of the body – including the possible final step of excluding a professing Christian from membership in the church because of serious unrepentant sin.

• Matthew 18:15-17 (985)

• 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 (1145)

• 2 Corinthians 2:6 (1158)

• 2 Thessalonians 3:6-15 (1191)

• Titus 3:10-11 (1201)

• 1 Timothy 1:20 (1193)

Questions about church discipline.

1. What purpose does this discipline serve?

2. Why is church discipline important?

• For the good of the person disciplined.

• For the good of other Christians, so they see the danger of sin.

• For the health of the church as a whole.

• For the corporate witness of the church to the world.

• For the glory of God, as we reflect his holiness.


Jonathan Leeman “Church Membership” (2012)

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