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Why Should I Seek a Church That Practices Church Discipline?

People sometimes ask me “why should I look
for a church and join a church where they practice church discipline? I mean, why would I go into something if they
are just going to kick me out right?” Well, I think the short answer is: because
you’re looking for a church that’s biblically faithful and church discipline is a biblical
practice, as Jesus talks about in Matthew 18, and 1 Corinthians 5, and many other places. But also, as we stop and think about what
discipline is biblically, we see from God Himself that biblical church discipline is
both loving and is a means for growth in holiness. I’m thinking of Hebrews 12 where the writer
says, “‘For the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and chastises every son whom he receives.’ It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons.” When you love someone, you want to see them
grow in holiness. And so we want to join a church where we’re
helping one another—in little conversations and in relationships, both encouraging one
another and admonishing one another as occasion requires—to grow in that holiness. That is a loving thing to do. It’s also loving to warn people of the judgment
to come. If there really is a final day of judgment, imagine if nobody ever warned you about that fact? What is church disciple? Is it an act of retribution? No. It is a little picture of judgment now, to
sort of wave your arms and say, “bridge out ahead. There is an even greater judgment to come.” And that is a loving thing to do to explain
to people you want to join a church that’s loving in that way. But church disciple as I also said, grows
us in holiness. Hebrews also says, “For the moment all discipline
seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness
to those who have been trained by it.” Imagine a math teacher who taught the lesson
but never corrected the errors. You would say that’s not a very good math
teacher. And so church disciple also grows us in righteousness
and peace says Hebrews 12. Friend, you want a healthy church? Look for a church that practices church discipline.

Reynold King

One Reply to “Why Should I Seek a Church That Practices Church Discipline?”

  1. I thought this ministry is reformed Calvinist, we as Christians are not going to be judged for our sins as the wicked are,we will be rewarded for our works in christ, we will not be at the great white throne judgement, we will be at the rainbow covenant throne dressed in white which is the righteousness of christ.

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