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Church Discipline: Rules for Your Good, Part 2

Last week I introduced the three acts of discipline a Session can take with an unrepentant member: Admonition, Suspension from the Sacraments, and Excommunication. This week we'll consider these in more detail.Admonition is simply a formal statement from the Sessioncalling you to repent and turn from your sin. This is sometimes administered to one who has already repented ...

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Preparing for Worship - August 30, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Aug...

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Church Discipline: Rules for Your Good, Part 1

When it comes to administering church discipline, a Session can do everything else right, but if they don't act out of love for the sinner and in a loving fashion, they can hardly expect the discipline to bear much godly fruit.The "how" of church discipline involves two aspects. One is the more formal and technical rules of discipline. These can seem cold and perhaps too f...

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Preparing for Worship - August 23, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Aug...

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Church Discipline: Motives Matter, Part 2

Last week, we started considering the right motives for church discipline. This week, we'll finish that list.A second proper motive is a genuine love for Christ, whose honor is diminished by the sin of his people. We have seen this all too vividly in the scandals of the Roman Catholic Church over the past 15 years. It is scandalous enough what some priests have done to tho...

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Preparing for Worship - August 16, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Aug...

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Church Discipline: Motives Matter

Last week we considered what church discipline is. This week I want to answer "Why do we do it?" The truth is, our motives in discipline matter! If the Session is motivated by a desire to wield power,to get retribution for perceived personal offenses, orto punish behavior, then their motives are not godly motives. There are several proper motives, however, that when combin...

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Preparing for Worship - August 9, 2020

IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE: We will worship in person (temporarily at Christ Community Church in Franklin) and via live stream at 9am. Our Adult Sunday School Class will meet on Zoom at 6pm. Please click here for important details, including a campus map of Christ Community Church. The following links will enable you to join us for our Worship live stream this Sunday, Aug...

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