Statement On Discipline

Statement On Church Discipline

´╗┐The threefold purpose of church discipline is to glorify God by maintaining purity in the

Church (1 Cor 5:6), to edify believers by deterring sin and promoting purity (1 Tim 5:20),

 and to promote the spiritual welfare of the offending believer by calling him or her to 

return to a biblical standard of doctrine and conduct (Gal 6:1).

 

The Lord Jesus Christ has entrusted the Church with the authority and responsibility to 

discipline members for flagrant sin or serious doctrinal error, with the goal of the restoration 

of the offender. This discipline is entrusted to the Board of Directors and is to follow the 

biblical pattern as set forth in Matthew 18:15-20; 1 Corinthians 5; 2 Corinthians 2:7-8; 

Galatians 6:1; 2 Thessalonians 3:6; Titus 3:10-11; and 2 John 7-11. Any member of the Church

 who practices or affirms a doctrine or conduct that, in the judgment of the Board of Directors,

is opposed to the teaching of the Word of God, or is threatening to the testimony of the Church,

or is divisive to the body, shall be subject to church discipline.

 

Discipline will follow the said biblical pattern, and is an effort to bring the individual to 

repentance and protect the Church from unrepentant sin. Discipline may involve exclusion

from participation in Church, as well as dismissal from the fellowship of the Church. 


An individual may be disciplined by the Board of Directors short of dismissal from the

fellowship, as they deem appropriate for the specific circumstance (for example, an individual

may remain in certain circumstances a member of the Church but be denied the privilege of

serving in a particular Church). The Board of Directors as is required by Scripture, may report

to the Church the names of those who have lost membership by reason of Church discipline,

and the reason for that discipline, as described in Matthew 18:15-20.