What makes a local church distinct and different from a mere collection of religious people? The Apostle Paul described the local church as a colony of heaven upon the earth, but many churches appear to be a far cry from that model that Paul envisioned. Every church, regardless of its denominational affiliation, should have a standard of both belief and behavior that is derived from the Christian scriptures, the divine manual for church order. But what should a church do if those standards are being violated among its own members? Unfortunately, there has been a growing trend in recent years to simply look the other way, donat rock the boat, and pretend such things donat existabut they do Here is a manual to address such a situation from a biblical perspective. It begins with the Lordas own teaching regarding discipline within the local church.
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