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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Academic (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433671190
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433671197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #563,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John S. Hammett (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Senior Professor of Systematic Theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

Benjamin L. Merkle
(Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

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Benjamin L. Merkle is Professor of New Testament and Greek at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina where he has taught since 2008. Prior to coming to Southeastern, he lectured in Southeast Asia for 7 years.

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In recent years there have been many books and articles on the church. Many of them are more harmful than helpful but yet there are others that are helpful, as is the case of Those Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline by John S. Hammett. The book features several articles on the subject of several renowned authors as Benjamin L. Merkle, Mark E. Dever and Thomas R. Schreiner from a Baptist perspective. This is a good basic book to teach one of the subjects and not so careless applied: membership and church discipline. Many people in the church know nothing about the discipline process that has to take when someone falls into sin. The idea is that usually this is something negative and unloving thing to do, discipline a member of the church. One reason for the existence of the local church is that its members are to be accountable to one another as an expression of mutual love. Not because we are Christians means that we will not fall into the deception of sin, in a twisted teaching or depression. It is our responsibility as members of a church ensure exhort one another and to live in the way of godliness. Likewise is the responsibility of pastors to instruct the flock on these crucial issues to shepherd biblically. When these important areas of the church are fully understood and applied the churches will be healthier, and because will take sin seriously and have a high view of God's holiness, same as He demands His people. And these realities will drive them to apply discipline and membership in a biblical and wisely way. This is something that can be seen historically. When churches neglect this area will tend to drift, and even fall into apostasy. The authors present historical and practical aspects that are very useful. This is a good tool for every pastor, leader, and anyone wanting to delve into these issues.
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This is the best book I've seen regarding the Biblical basis for church membership....and I looked through a lot of books! Many books talk about how to have a good church membership, but nearly any talk about the Biblical basis for membership in the first place. The church discipline section was also very Biblical and helpful in discussing that difficult subject. This is a wonderful tool for Pastors who seek to Biblically shepherd their flock.
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By a nuh on August 21, 2013
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...with some solid nuggets of very well articulated doctrine. Highly recommended for any vocational minister or any Christian looking for wisdom about church membership, church discipline, or insight to how they can pray for their elders.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave on June 25, 2012
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Great book about the church family. It is very eye opening and challenging. Every pastor, staff member and church member should read it.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on April 8, 2013
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While this book has many helpful aspects they most certainly have a very strange understanding of church history. They have read early church history through the lens of their theological position of credo baptism. At least they do acknowledge that infant baptism was the general practice of the church during certain times in church history. Nevertheless there is some helpful data in this book regarding church membership and some helpful counsel for the biblical practice of church discipline.
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