Resources on Church Discipline and Regenerate Church Membership

Tim Brister —  February 20, 2008 — 9 Comments

Below are some resources I pulled from my shelves and online.  It is by no means meant to be exhaustive, but given that I will be blogging on church discipline as a part of the 2008 True Church Conference, I thought I’d put some resources online.  Feel free to add others if you think of any.  Jay Adams. Handbook of Church Discipline: A Right and Privilege of Every Member. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1986.

Resources on Church Discipline and Regenerate Church Membership

Joseph S. Baker. “Church Discipline” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 249-92.

Charleston Association. “Summary of Church Discipline” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 115-34.

J.L. Dagg. “Discipline” in A Manual of Church Order. (Harrisonburg, VA: Gano Books, 1990), 268-74.

Mark Dever. “A Biblical Understanding of Church Membership” in 9 Marks of a Healthy Church. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2004), 147-66.

_________. “Biblical Church Discipline” in 9 Marks of a Healthy Church. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2004), 167-94.

_________. “Membership” in A Display of God’s Glory: Basics of Church Structure. (Washington D.C.: IX Marks Ministries), 45-55.

_________. “Regaining Meaningful Church Membership” in Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, eds. Thomas White, Jason G. Duesing, and Malcolm B. Yarnell III. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008), 45-62.

_________. “The Church” in A Theology for the Church, edited by Daniel L. Akin. (Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2007), 766-857.

Mark Dever, ed. Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001).

Mark Dever and Paul Alexander. “Doing Church Discipline” in The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2005), 67-76.

_________. “Taking in New Members” in The Deliberate Church: Building Your Ministry on the Gospel. (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2005), 59-66.

Benjamin Griffith. “A Short Treatise Concerning a True and Orderly Gospel Church” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 95-112.

John S. Hammett. “Regenerate Church Membership” in Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, eds. Thomas White, Jason G. Duesing, and Malcolm B. Yarnell III. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008), 21-44.

_________. “Regenerate Church Membership: The Baptist Mark of the Church” in Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: A Contemporary Ecclesiology. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2005), 81-108.

_________. “Where We Went Wrong and How We Can Get Right: Returning to Faithfulness” in Biblical Foundations for Baptist Churches: A Contemporary Ecclesiology. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2005), 109-34.

Samuel Jones. “A Treatise on Church Discipline and a Directory” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 137-58.

W.B. Johnson. “The Gospel Developed” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 161-246.

Benjamin Keach. “The Glory of a True Church and Its Discipline Displayed” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 63-92.

P.H. Mell. “Corrective Church Discipline” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 409-76.

R. Albert Mohler, Jr. “Discipline: The Missing Mark” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 43-62.

R. Stanton Norman. “The Reestablishment of Proper Church Discipline” in Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, eds. Thomas White, Jason G. Duesing, and Malcolm B. Yarnell III. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008), 199-220.

J.M. Pendleton. “The Discipline of a Church” in Baptist Church Manual. (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1966), 117-46.

J.L. Reynolds. “Church Polity or The Kingdom of Christ” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 295-404.

Eleazer Savage. “Manual of Church Discipline” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 479-524.

Donald S. Whitney. Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church: Participating Fully in the Body of Christ. Chicago: Moody, 1996.

William Williams. “Apostolical Church Polity” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 527-550.

Gregory A. Wills. Democratic Religion: Freedom, Authority, and Church Discipline in the Baptist South 1785-1900. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997.

_________. “Southern Baptists and Church Discipline: Developments and Decline” in Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, eds. Thomas White, Jason G. Duesing, and Malcolm B. Yarnell III. (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008), 179-98.

_________. “The Church: Baptists and Their Churches in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries” in Polity: Biblical Arguments on How to Conduct Church Life, edited by Mark Dever. (Washington, D.C.: IX Marks Ministries, 2001), 19-42.

Articles from IX Marks Ministries on Church Discipline:

Mark 7 – Biblical Church Discipline (category)
Jonathan Leeman. “Let’s Just Admit It: Church Discipline Is a Tough Subject.”
Chris Bruce. “Does Discipline Divide?
P.H. Mell. “The Relation the Pastor Sustains to Corrective Discipline.”
Iain Murray. “Should a Church Discipline a Member for Non-Attendance?
J.A. Spurgeon. “Discipline of the Church at the Metropolitan Tabernacle.”
Interview with Earl Blackburn on Church Discipline

Other Articles on Church Discipline:

Marlin Jeschke. “How Discipline Died.” Christianity Today. 49/8 (August 2005).
Donald Whitney, “Statement on Church Discipline.” From Biblical Spirituality.org.
James Leo Garrett, Jr. “Church Discipline: Lost, but Recoverable.” Founders Journal vol. 4, art. 3.
John MacArthur. “Church Discipline: A Grace Community Church Distinctive.” From Grace to You online.

Articles from IX Marks Ministries on Church Membership:

Mark 6 – Biblical Understanding of Membership.
Josef Nordenhaug. “Baptists and a Regenerate Church Membership.”
Matt Schmucker. “Cleaning Up the Rolls.”
Matt Schmucker. “Cleaning the Membership Rolls, Part Two – The Care List.”
The Meaning of Membership with Mark Dever (audio).
A Biblical Understanding of Church Membership (audio).

Other Articles on Regenerate Church Membership:

Jim Eliff. “A Church Membership Recovery Model.” CCW Online.
Jim Eliff. “The Integrity of the Local Church.”
Thabiti Anywabwile. “Why Pursue Regenerate Church Membership?” (Part 1: For a Better Corporate Life).
Thabiti Anywabwile. “Why Pursue Regenerate Church Membership?” (Part 2: For the Sake of the Pastor).
Thabiti Anywabwile. “Why Pursue Regenerate Church Membership?” (Part 3: To Prepare Members for Heaven).
Tom Ascol. “2007 Resolution on Integrity in Church Membership.” Founders Ministries Blog. May 10, 2007.
Timmy Brister. “An Outsider Look at Unregenerate Church Membership.” Provocations and Pantings. September 19, 2007.
Mark Dever. “Southern Baptist Mistake.” Together for the Gospel blog. August 15, 2006.

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9 responses to Resources on Church Discipline and Regenerate Church Membership

  1. Wow, great biblio! I wish I’d had one like this several years ago when I was struggling through this issue myself.

  2. Here are some additional resources on church discipline:

    Culpepper, R. Alan. “Ethical Dualism and Church Discipline Ephesians 4:25–5:20.” Review and Expositor 76, no. 4 (1979): 529–39.

    Davis, George B. “Whatever Happened to Church Discipline.” CTR 1 (Spring 1987): 345–61.

    Harris, Gerald. “The Beginnings of Church Discipline.” NTS 37 (January 1991): 1–21.

    Johnson, Stephen M. “The Sinews of the Body of Christ – Calvin’s Concept of Church Discipline.” WTJ 59 (1997): 87–100.

    Kistemaker, Simon J. “Deliver This Man To Satan (I Cor. 5:5) A Case Study In Church Discipline.” TMSJ 3 (Spring 1992): 33–45.

    Kitchens, Ted G. “Perimeters of Corrective Church Discipline.” Bib Sac 148 (1991): 201–13.

    Laney, J. Carl. “The Biblical Practice of Church Discipline.” Bib Sac 143 (1986): 353–64.

    Lynch, James R. “English Baptist Church Discipline to 1740.” Foundations 18 (April-June 1975): 121–35.

    Quine, Jay A. “Court Involvement in Church Discipline- Part I.” Bib Sac 149 (1992): 60–73.
    ________. “Court Involvement in Church Discipline Part II.” Bib Sac 149 (1992): 223–36.

    Sunshine, Glenn S. “Discipline as the Third Mark of the Church.” CTJ 33 (1998).

    Warkentin, Martin L. “Church Discipline in a Pluralistic Society.” Direction 12, no. 2 (1983): 15–27.

  3. And, I suppose you expect us to read all that?

  4. Thomas,

    Yes. Only you that is. :)

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