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Formative Church Discipline - by Michael Phillips
Church Discipline - Part 2 of 9
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Hebrews 10:24-25
Oct 26, 2008 pm - Today, with God's blessing, we will move on in the series we began last Sunday afternoon, on Church Discipline. The format is interactive: I'll begin with a talk of fifteen or twenty minutes, and then open it up for discussion. You're all invited to join the conversation, but please: (1) be submissive to the Word of God, (2) be courteous, (3) stay on topic, and (4) let's wrap it up by three o'clock. REVIEW Last week we spent a good deal of time defining Church Discipline, and in particular, cleaning up the reputation it has gotten over the years, sometime deservedly, sometimes not. What is Church Discipline? It is the church's work in making believers in Christ into His disciples. Does the church do it alone? Of course not! But, we have a role to play. Other than loving God with all our hearts, souls, and minds, our first duty is to love our neighbor as ourselves. Some of our neighbors are in the church, and Discipline is one of the ways we love them. Church Discipline falls into two categories: formative and corrective. The sermons I've heard and the books I've read lean steeply to the corrective side, but the Bible does not. The great majority of what it says about Discipline is ... More >>>

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