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Introduction - by Michael Phillips
Church Discipline - Part 1 of 9
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Matthew 28:18-20
Oct 19, 2008 pm - This afternoon, with God's blessing, we will begin a short study of Church Discipline. As far as I know, the words, 'church discipline' appear in no English Bible, but the thing itself does for sure. This may surprise you, because discipline is seldom practiced in the Church today; but whether it is or not, our duty is to learn the will of Jesus Christ, and to do it as best we can. This means we have to be open to His Word-even when it leads us to places we'd rather not go. It means we have to pray for wisdom; it means we have to act with humility and courage. The format for this series is interactive. I'll begin with a talk of fifteen or twenty minutes, then open things up for discussion, which everyone is welcome to join. The only things I ask of you are to: (1) Be submissive to the Word of God, (2) be courteous, (3) stay on topic, and (4) let us get out of here by 3:00! BASIC MEANING What is Church Discipline? The term sounds harsh to many ears, but it isn't that way at all-not when it is implemented properly, I mean. Can it be abused? Yes it can be. Has it been? Many times, and the people who have done it ought to be ashamed of themselves! The church has no authority to ... More >>>

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