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A Great Resource on membreship and Dicipline of the Church
on September 24, 2014
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.