Love that Rescues: God's Fatherly Love in the Practice of Church Discipline

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In an age where "church discipline" has fallen out of favor in the context of many churches, Eric Bargerhuff calls the church to a deeper understanding of its nature and purpose as an expression of God's "fatherly love" towards his people. As a biblically mandated activity instituted by Christ himself in Matthew 18, church discipline is an essential practice of any faithful church that is committed to sharing the Gospel and making disciples. Tackling some of the false notions and assumptions surrounding church ...

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Overview

In an age where "church discipline" has fallen out of favor in the context of many churches, Eric Bargerhuff calls the church to a deeper understanding of its nature and purpose as an expression of God's "fatherly love" towards his people. As a biblically mandated activity instituted by Christ himself in Matthew 18, church discipline is an essential practice of any faithful church that is committed to sharing the Gospel and making disciples. Tackling some of the false notions and assumptions surrounding church discipline, Bargerhuff sets forth a historical, biblical, theological, and practical position that centers its identity and purpose on a proper understanding of the cross of Christ. Since the punitive wrath of God was poured out for sin on the cross of Jesus Christ (a penal substitutionary atonement), it is therefore necessary to reject the notion that church discipline is "punishment," but rather it should be seen as God's hand of forgiveness and grace extended for the purpose of restoring, reconciling, and rescuing one of his own, a "sheep that has gone astray." It is to be regarded as God's love in the actions of a forgiven and forgiving community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781606085615
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

Eric J. Bargerhuff received his PhD in Biblical and Systematic Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. He has served in pastoral ministry in churches in Ohio, Illinois, and Florida.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Preface xiii

1 Introduction: Living Theologically in the Church 1

2 Historical Considerations of the Nature of Divine Discipline as Practiced in the Church 15

3 Divine Discipline as Manifested in the Old Testament 47

4 When Divine Discipline Is Classified as a "Fatherly" Discipline 79

5 Divine Discipline and the Atonement: The Effects of the Cross of Christ on Divine Discipline as Manifested in the Church 112

6 Divine Discipline as Manifested in the Church 138

7 Conclusion: Summary and Implications of This Study 183

Bibliography 197

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