Monday, August 1, 2016

"One Day You'll Thank Me For This" - True Story of Church Discipline

A story of church discipline that has a happy ending!

Let’s be honest. The only stories you ever hear about church discipline are the bad ones. I think that’s partly because there are lots of ways to foul it up, but also because the good stories are six years in the making. The good stories don’t make headlines. Church discipline, when rightly practiced and graced by God, “yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness” (Heb. 12:11) in those chastened by it. And when they come back to say thank you, it’s not a history-making moment. It’s just an another evidence of God’s redeeming grace.

In Jack’s case, deception put him under discipline. On the surface he was a sharp, committed church member—a medical student helping to lead and oversee a small group. But under the surface, he was hiding a serious problem with lust and alcohol.

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