Christian discipline: legalism or covenant responsibility?
LE3 .A278 1997
Wooden, R. Glenn
Doctor of Ministry
Acadia Divinity College
The author argues that Christian discipline is a ministry of covenant responsibility. In establishing this view, the concepts of "discipline" and "covenant" are examined in their biblical content and in Church history, to determine the nature and practice of discipline. A survey of several Atlantic Baptist Churches shows an affirmation of the relevance of discipline among believers, despite certain reservations. Having established his case, the author then proposes guidelines for the practice of safe and effective discipline. The Bible, the Church Covenant and the Constitution feature as valuable resources for the establishment and revitalization of Christian discipline in the Church.
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