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Church and the Surprising Offense of God's Love
Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline
When the world speaks of "love," it
often means unconditional acceptance.
Many churches have adopted this mind-
set in their practice of membership and
discipline-if they have not done away
with such structures entirely. "Yet
God's love and God's gospel are
different than what the world expects,"
writes Jonathan Leeman. They're
centered in his character, which draws
a clear boundary between what is holy
and what is not. It's this line that
the local church should represent in
its member practices, because the
careful exercise of such authority "is
God's means for guarding the gospel,
marking off a people, and thereby
defining his love for the world."
So how should churches receive and
dismiss members? How should Christians
view their submission to the church?
Are there dangers in such submission?
The Church and the Surprising Offense
of God's Love responds with biblical,
theological, and practical guidance-
from both corporate and individual
perspectives. It's a resource that will
help pastors and their congregations
upend worldly conceptions and recover a
biblical understanding and practice of
- Type: Paperback
- Pages: 384
- ISBN: 9781433509056
- SKU: 9781433509056
- Publisher: Crossway