CHURCH DISCIPLINE – We believe in church discipline administered in the church.
The Bible sets forth three grounds for discipline: unscriptural conduct that obscures the truth of God by false teaching or doctrine; unscriptural conduct that mars the holy character of God and His Church by unholy, immoral living, action, or lifestyle; and unscriptural conduct that hinders the work of God by bringing confusion or division to the body.
The purpose of church discipline is the restoration of the one subject to the discipline and/or the purification of the church. Church discipline is body ministry.
The steps of discipline are one-on-one private confrontation, private confrontation with witness, and finally, exposure to the church for judgment leading to restoration or separation.
Within the local church, the Senior Pastor/Minister is the central figure of any discipline that occurs within his or her ministry expressions. Elders/deacons, under the direction of the Senior Pastor/Minister, can also be used to minister the call of repentance, restoration, and discipline to believers within that assembly (Matt 18:15-20; Gal 6:1; Rom 16:17; 2Jn 9-11; 1Cor 5; 2Cor 2:6-8; 1Tim 5:20).
It is also scriptural to ‘mark’ a person who becomes a troublemaker if they refuse to repent and be restored.
The Senior Pastor/Minister would be responsible to do this publicly and scripturally (Rom 16:17).