Handbook of Church Discipline
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Handbook of Church Discipline : A Right and Privilege of Every Church Member

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This is a handbook for pastors, elders, and all Christians who want to see how Scripture presents the process of discipline that should operate in the Christian community. It was written in response to the various concerns that threaten to tear apart marriages, families, friendships, and congregations--concerns that call for a biblical approach to discipline that can heal fractures, restore right relationship, and ensure the health of the church. Developed around the five corrective steps found especially in Matthew 18:15-17, this book helps church leaders deal with the sorts of problems that require the church's disciplinary response. Charting a course that combines discernment with appropriate action, this simple, readable handbook can have a profound effect on the community of believers.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 10mm | 127g
  • Grand Rapids, United States
  • English
  • 0310511917
  • 9780310511915
  • 254,141

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This is a handbook for pastors, elders, and all Christians who want to see how Scripture presents the process of discipline that should operate in the Christian community. It was written in response to the various concerns that threaten to tear apart marriages, families, friendships, and congregations--concerns that call for a biblical approach to discipline that can heal fractures, restore right relationship, and ensure the health of the church. Developed around the five corrective steps found especially in Matthew 18:15-17, this book helps church leaders deal with the sorts of problems that require the church's disciplinary response. Charting a course that combines discernment with appropriate action, this simple, readable handbook can have a profound effect on the community of believers.
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Table of contents

Contents
Preface
Introduction
1. What Is Church Discipline?
2. Preventive Discipline
3. Corrective Discipline
Four or Five Steps?
Confidentiality
All Steps, Always?
4. Self-Discipline
The Beginning and the End
5. One-on-One
Informal Discipline
The Meaning
Going to the Offender
What to Say
Privacy
Reconciliation
Every Little Thing?
6. One or Two Others
Witnesses Only?
What the Counselor/Witnesses Do
7. Tell It to the Church
Telling the Church
The Elders' Part
How Does It Work?
8. Removal From the Midst
"As a Heathen and a Tax Collector"
The Terms and the Reality
Procedures and Records
Mourning
9. Restoring to Fellowship
Forgiveness
Assistance
Reaffirmation of Love
10. Cross-Congregational Discipline
What If the Church Defaults?
Respecting Discipline
Handling Church Hoppers
Divisive Persons
Liberal Churches?
11. Encouragement
Christ's Presence in the Process
Answered Prayer
Heaven and Earth
How to Go About It
Conclusion
Scripture Index
Subject Index
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About Jay E. Adams

Jay E. Adams (PhD, University of Missouri) is a former director of advanced studies and professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, as well as a retired pastor. He has written over fifty books on pastoral ministry, preaching, counseling, Bible study, and Christian living. His books include Competent to Counsel, The Christian Counselor's Manual, and Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible.
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