Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus

By Jonathan Leeman, Series edited by Jonathan Leeman

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Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus

By Jonathan Leeman, Series edited by Jonathan Leeman

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Church discipline is essential to building a healthy church. So how exactly do we practice church discipline?

Jonathan Leeman helps us face the endless variety of circumstances and sins for which no scriptural case study exists, sins that don’t show up on any list and need a biblical framework to be corrected appropriately in love.

Here is a contemporary and concise how-to guide that provides a theological framework for understanding and implementing disciplinary measures in the local church, along with several examples of real-life situations and the corresponding responses.

Part of the 9Marks: Building Healthy Churches series.

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Jonathan Leeman

Jonathan Leeman (PhD, University of Wales) is the editorial director for 9Marks and cohost of the Pastors’ Talk podcast. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books and teaches at several seminaries. Jonathan lives with his wife and four daughters in a suburb of Washington, DC, and is an elder at Cheverly Baptist Church. You can follow him on Twitter at @jonathanleeman.

Product Details

Category: Church Ministry
Format: Printed Caseside
Page Count: 144
Size: 5.0 in x 7.0 in
Weight: 8.04 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3233-6
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3233-7
ISBN-UPC: 9781433532337
Case Quantity: 64
Published: April 30, 2012

Table of Contents

”‡1.  The Biblical Basics of Discipline 
”‡2.  A Gospel Framework for Understanding Discipline 
”‡3.  When Is Discipline Necessary? 
”‡4.  How Does a Church Practice Discipline? 
”‡5.  How Does Restoration Work? 

”‡6.  The Adulterer 
”‡7.  The Addict 
”‡8.  The “Hits the News” Lawbreaker 
”‡9.  The Bruised Reed 
10. The Nonattending Member 
11. The Faithfully-Attending and Divisive Nonmember 
12. The Preemptive Resigner 
13. The Newly-Decided Unbeliever 
14. The Family Member 

15. Before You Discipline, Teach 
16. Before You Discipline, Organize


“Leeman airs the dirty laundry of our lives and talks about how to clean it up. He ventures into the tough area of pastoral application, which is sure to rouse good discussions, but again and again I found myself convinced. You will not fail to be helped by this book. Brief and biblical, wise and practical—this is the book on church discipline we’ve been looking for.”
Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

“Far too few biblically grounded, pastorally sensitive books on church discipline remain in print today. I know of none that is as exegetically accurate, practically relevant, and filled with real-life case studies of how churches should deal with a wide variety of common situations. On top of all this, Leeman is helpfully succinct and remarkably clear. Highly recommended!”
Craig L. Blomberg, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Denver Seminary

“This book is an outstanding, one-of-a-kind theological work. Leeman has shown that church discipline is an essential dimension of the disciple-making process, and thus an extension of the preaching of the gospel itself. He shows that our overly-narrow focus on the ‘number of decisions’ might actually be hindering us from guiding people in the repentance that leads to life. I believe this will be the definitive work on church discipline, and our elders plan to use this work as our guide.”
J. D. Greear, Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

“One of the most neglected activities in the church today is the ministry of loving, courageous, and redemptive church discipline. This book provides a clear vision and practical guidelines for this vital aspect of life together in the body of Christ. I have seen many people freed from entangling sin by churches that lived out these principles, and I pray that more and more churches will recommit themselves to this restorative ministry.”
Ken Sande, President, Relational Wisdom 360; author, The Peacemaker

“Jonathan Leeman has become a discerning reader of the contemporary church. He combines biblical truth with sage counsel in this much-needed book on church discipline. If you’ve been afraid of that subject in your church, or unsure of how to lovingly correct sinning saints, this book provides the biblical argument and practical advice you need to get started well. This book will fire your imagination, stir your soul, and light your path.”
Thabiti Anyabwile, Pastor, Anacostia River Church, Washington, DC; author, What Is a Healthy Church Member?

“Many different ideas enter the minds of Christians when they hear the words ‘church discipline’—punishment, judgment, critical, unloving, excommunication. Jonathan Leeman sets the record straight by explaining what Jesus meant when he first introduced this concept of spiritual accountability. Leeman explains the purpose of church discipline and why it is necessary. The case studies illustrating situations requiring church discipline are worth the price of the book!”
J. Carl Laney, Western Seminary; author, A Guide to Church Discipline