Clarification on Church Discipline

Thanks to Jordan Thomas at Solus Christus for an email which he sent in response to a previous post about church membership:

[There are several ways to] practice regular church discipline. There are two major types of discipline: formative and corrective. Formative discipline is when a Christian regularly avails himself to the shaping (disciplining) effect of God’s preached word, observance of ordinances, prayer, etc… Corrective discipline happens when a church, following Matthew 18, deals with a brother or sister in sin…with the express intent of restoring the individual to right fellowship with the Lord and His church.


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