Learning The Role Of Church Discipline
Passages: Matthew 18, Ephesians 3-4, Hebrews 10.
What is the role of Discipline inside the Church? Is it really necessary? Most people once they undergo the discipline process start to ask these questions. Going back to the previous post, we have learned that discipline is intended for restoration of a sinning brother and not to condemn anyone.
Church discipline is one of our foundations inside the Church without discipline, Christians will most likely fall into compromise and sin. The Bible is the source of our authoritative standards of discipline, of what is right and what is wrong, of what is moral and immoral. There is no other book that covers the complete list of moral standards as the Bible.
The Bible is tells us that discipline itself is indeed very important, not only as to self-discipline, spiritual discipline, and so as to Church discipline.
Church discipline guides us and reminds us that sin is always a sin. Church discipline gives us the standards of Christian living worthy of his calling. Without Church discipline, the Church is likely driving along the road with heavy fog. Seeing only things that are near, but not seeing what is ahead.
Church discipline codes (based on the Bible) is there to guide us to walk righteously with the Lord. It does not exist to be abused nor to be legalistic. It does not exist for a display but to be used and be implemented.
Furthermore, Paul (in many passages in the Bible) and the writer of Hebrews tells us that we are to hold on to the faith that we profess unswervingly (Hebrews. 10:23)