Monday, January 13, 2014

Books on Church Discipline

On Sunday, I began a sermon series on the topic of Church Discipline. In the process of studying for this series, I have tried to read many books on the subject. I have already reviewed a couple of the books (Church Discipline by Jonathan Leeman & In Pursuit of Prodigals by Stephen Davey). In addition, I plan on reviewing a couple more in detail that have been particularly helpful to me. 

But I do not have time or energy to do a full review on all the books I have read or used in my research. So I thought I would share several of the other books I have consulted. I have not read each of these books from cover to cover, but I have read enough of them to get a grasp of what they are about. As far as I have read, I wouldn't necessarily disagree with them. But that doesn't mean I would fully agree with everything in each of them. What I am sharing with each book is what the publisher has written about them on the back cover. If you are researching this subject, you may want to grab one or two of these to read.

"Church discipline is a term that is fraught with problems for the church today. However the biblical witness is clear that it is an essential component of a healthy, God-honoring church -- a church where Christians grow and mature in grace and develop solid foundations with which they can, with the help of the Spirit, withstand the storms of life. With many years of pastoral experience, Robert K. Cheong has faced this issue many times. Additionally he interviewed over 30 pastors from different countries and a wide variety of church settings, which enables him to bring a breadth and depth of experience to the issue that is practically unprecedented."

"Fears of disunity, conflict, and even legal problems have caused many church leaders to avoid confronting Christians who are living in sin. Challenging the church's reluctance, Dr. Laney provides a biblical, practical, and loving handbook for pastors and lay leaders alike on church discipline."

"As Christians, we have become experts at shooting our wounded. We watch an erring brother travel down a path of destruction, bringing hurt and shame to his life and family, and what do we do? Usually nothing, or even worse, we join in the local gossip and slander about his sin. In 'Restorative Church Discipline,' author Terry Ivy walks us through the biblical call for the Church to begin rescuing and healing the wounded instead of shooting them. He covers in detail the various steps involved, as well as addressing many areas which are important for believers to understand. This is not a book about dry principles or cold detachment from the pain of others. Instead, it is a plea for the Church to being loving our brothers and sisters enough to reach out with grace. Terry speaks from his experience and shares many insights about this much needed topic. There are believers, including leaders, who are suffering from the wounds of their failures. They feel abandoned and forsaken. This book is a call for us to reach out to restore them. They need us...and we need them!"

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 an urgent need . . . This is a simple and very readable little handbook. The influence it can and should have on the church is, however, quite profound."

"Discipline is one of the most difficult issues in contemporary church life. Church leaders often need to battle to maintain the integrity of their churches, sometimes with tragic results. But why is it so hard? Should we bother with it at all? In this thorough treatment of the subject, Stephen McQuoid answers these questions and provides a biblical framework for church discipline. Because prevention is better than cure, he shows that discipline is not just about punishing but includes a whole way of life which keeps us spiritually accountable and in a right relationship with God. Corrective discipline will also at times be necessary, and he guides us through the disciplinary stages taught in the New Testament. By using appropriate case studies, he also demonstrates the complications of real-life situations and highlights the lessons that can be learned."

Are there any books that you have read that you think are the best on this subject that I have missed? I'm always still looking for more insight into this subject. 

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