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Title: Church Standards and Discipline


1
ELDERS TRAINING SEMINAR
Based on the Elders Handbook
Ministerial Association of the General Conference
www.ministerialassociation.com
2
Church Standards and Discipline
Chapter 3 Part 6
3
The Churchs High Standards
  • Because God is holy and righteous, His church has
    set high standards of moral and social behavior
    that reflect the character of God.
  • These standards are based upon biblical
    principles which are eternal and unchanging.
  • Every person baptized into the church promises to
    follow these standards

4
Discipline of a Member
  • Does the church have to correct a member who has
    seriously broken Gods law?
  • How does the church treat members who are not
    living up to its high standards?

5
Discipline of a Member
  • What are the steps toward correcting the wrongs
    of members? When and how should the church
    discipline its members?
  • When and how should the church discipline its
    members?

6
The Value of a Soul
  • Whether saved or unsaved, Gods love is the same
    for all people.
  • Whenever the church need to take action
    concerning a member who has fallen into sin, let
    each one of us be reminded that Jesus gave His
    life for that erring member just as much as He
    gave it for us.

7
The Value of a Soul
Human beings are Christs property, purchased
by Him at an infinite price.... How careful,
then, we should be in dealing with one
another Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 260
8
Seriousness of Sin
  • If wrongs are apparent among His people, and
    if the servants of God pass on indifferent to
    them, they virtually sustain and justify the
    sinner, and are alike guilty and will just as
    surely receive the displeasure of God for they
    will be made responsible for the sins of the
    guilty.
  • Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 266

9
Seriousness of Sin
  • Sin can not be ignored in the congregation.
  • While gentleness, love, and mercy must be shown
    to members who have fallen into sin, the church
    has a responsibility to take action concerning
    that sin.

10
Christs Method
  • Principle of Matthew 18 (four basic steps).
  • When the church has done all it can to reclaim
    erring members, without success, Jesus says that
    they should then be considered as outside the
    church.
  • Disfellowshipped members should not, however, be
    removed from the churchs love, prayers, and
    concern.

11
Church Discipline
  • Disfellowshipping to be carefully
  • considered
  • It is an extreme action which may be taken only
    when every other action to reclaim them has been
    attempted.
  • See Church Manual for more information.

12
Church Discipline
  • No church officer should advise, no committee
  • should recommend, nor should any church vote,
    that
  • the name of a wrong doer shall be removed from
  • the church books, until the instruction given by
  • Christ has been faithfully followed.
  • Testimonies, vol. 7, p. 261

13
Church Discipline
  • Love and mercy to guide all action
  • In our dealing with those who make mistakes, love
    must guide everything we do.
  • Many feel it is their duty to root out sin in the
    church. God has not given them this work

14
Church Discipline
  • The presence of a pastor is essential.
  • No individual church member has the authority to
    disfellowship another member.
  • Nor does the church board.
  • This action may only take place in a regular
    business meeting.
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