202: How to Do Church Discipline with Love and Purpose

Church discipline is a term found nowhere in the Bible. But its taught, often necessary, and it is usually very difficult to practice in ways that show the love of God. And many of us, and those we know, have been hurt by churches not doing this correctly.

This week on the Lifeschool Podcast, we discuss how to do church discipline with love and purpose… instead of just “handing people over to Satan” and being done with them. :-/


So much of what is written about church discipline is steeped in old covenant, temple theology, and language. It’s taught as if Jesus never came and died for all of our sins already; forgetting that we are now the righteousness of Christ. What should be the goal and purpose of church discipline?

In This Episode You’ll Learn:

  • How ‘discipline’ and ‘disciple’ have the same root meaning and goals.
  • How Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18 may surprise you when read in its full context.
  • Who should be involved with doing church discipline and when.
  • What it really means to “turn someone over to Satan”.
  • Practical steps for addressing someone who has sinned against you.

Get started here…

how to church discipline with love

From this episode:

It is rare that we, ourselves, don’t also have at least some role in the situation where someone has hurt us or sinned against us. A good starting point is to humble ourselves and seek the other person’s forgiveness before approaching them about their sin against us. I think you’ll be surprised at what will happen after that!


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