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What is the proper way to exercise discipline in the church?

What is the proper way to exercise discipline in the church?

From time to time those who bear responsibility in the administration of a church must exercise a measure of discipline toward unruly members. The exercise of discipline takes as its goals restoring the erring members and protecting both the Lord’s ...
What is the relationship between authority and fellowship?

What is the relationship between authority and fellowship?

The throne and the river should guide us in our practice of fellowship and help us to discern what is genuine spiritual authority. Some may claim a measure of spiritual authority, yet their way is not in the fellowship of ...
What should our view be regarding the eldership in the churches?

What should our view be regarding the eldership in the churches?

We need to exercise particular care to have a balanced understanding of the Bible’s teaching on authority. On the one hand, the Lord Jesus has all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18). On the other hand, in His ...
How do we deal with the flaming darts of the evil one?

How do we deal with the flaming darts of the evil one?

The flaming darts are the attacks from Satan that are not only accusation and condemnation in our conscience, but also intimidation toward our mind and innumerable darts coming into our being. Ultimately, Satan's target is to undermine the building up ...
How can we discern dissenting speakings?

How can we discern dissenting speakings?

When we encounter brothers or sisters who are absolutely certain of their rightness, we should realize that such persons may simply be obsessed with their own opinions and want to impose them on others. We should learn to discern what ...
What should our response be in the midst of turmoil?

What should our response be in the midst of turmoil?

The book of Philippians shows us the great need that believers have in times of turmoil. The church in Philippi was a very good church that participated with the apostle Paul in the furtherance of the gospel (Phil. 1:5-7; 4:14-19) ...
Should we speak the words of warning that are given in the New Testament?

Should we speak the words of warning that are given in the New Testament?

Many Christian teachers avoid the warnings that occur throughout the New Testament, and many believers have ears only for words of comfort and affirmation. Those who seek such affirmation find it uncomfortable to hear the sober words of warning in ...
Why does it sometimes seem like there are generational rifts in the church?

Why does it sometimes seem like there are generational rifts in the church?

If the younger ones do not receive from the older ones, the experiences gained and lessons learned will need to be repeated, and the advance of God’s move in His economy in and through His people will be seriously frustrated ...
Why do some leading ones advise the saints not to read writings that attack the local churches and the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee?

Why do some leading ones advise the saints not to read writings that attack the local churches and the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee?

Those who bear responsibility in the ministry, the work, and the churches in the Lord’s recovery have a biblically mandated responsibility to protect the flock. In performing that duty they may advise the saints not to read writings in print ...
What is the proper ground for the building up of the Church?

What is the proper ground for the building up of the Church?

Matthew 18:20 contains a wonderful promise: “For where two or three are gathered into My name, there am I in their midst.” However, some have misused this verse to discount the need for local churches established and built up on ...