Monthly Archives: June 2012

Jonathan Leeman on the purposes of church discipline

Church discipline has at least five purposes. First, discipline aims to expose. Sin, like cancer, loves to hide. Discipline exposes the cancer so that it might be cut out quickly (see 1 Cor. 5:2). Second, discipline aims to warn. A church … Continue reading

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Lloyd-Jones on the essence of the Christian life: not ethical living, not sound doctrine, but “fellowship with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ”

Speaking in 1948 Lloyd-Jones is commenting on 1 John 1:3 (“And truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.”): Let me put it negatively like this: Christians are not simply people who are primarily concerned … Continue reading

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Colin Marshal and Tony Payne on “church growth” vs. “gospel growth”

We talk a lot these days about church growth. And when we think about our lack of growth, we think of the lack of growth of our particular congregation: the stagnation or decline in numbers, the wobbly state of the … Continue reading

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