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Michael V. Baxter3 Stars Out Of 5February 2, 2010Michael V. BaxterChurch Discipline is obviously a well needed subject in every church. However, this subject could have been more biblically supported through Old Testament examples and God's consistent execution of discipline upon Israel and how such relates to the church today. The reader would benefit greater from an expository and hermeneutical examination of the Scriptures, thereby instantly causing man's arguments to be discredited (if that one also views Christ's authority as exhaustive).Chapters 1 and 2 serve as an introduction presenting the obvious lack of discipline in society and churches today and faulty premises for its exclusion in our bodies.Chapter 3 is the crux of the book wherein biblical support is given for the utilization and justification of church discipline and how neglect of this practice undermines the church, God, and the great commission. The reader could solely read this chapter and rely upon God's word for the majority of one's study.This edition is presented in large text and margins making it quick to read but presents the illusion of more substance. One might also have a difficult time hearing the same discourse concerning our present society (however true it may be) and the numerous faulty objections to discipline as undoubtedly the reader is already concerned and convinced that discipline is a forgotten yet much needed practice in our congregations.If this book is every revised (which I hope it is) I would rather witness the author approach the topic from God's word as its sole foundation and exactly how a church is to practice it before a "little one" is stumbled and when a brother fails to repent. A studied reader already knows Matthew 18 and 1 Cor 5, so what is more necessary is how these instructions can translate into practice.Overall, the book is fairly written yet lost in side topics. Until a better book is written, one would fair better to merely read and apply the Scriptures in their simplicity.
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