40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline by Jeremy Kimble

Tackle the most common and difficult questions that church leaders and members have with Jeremy Kimble’s new release, 40 Questions About Church Membership and Discipline. Does church membership mean more than simply joining a social group? Does the church have a responsibility to discipline its members–and if so, what does that look like? Recognizing the many puzzling questions about the critical role of the church in the life of believers, Jeremy Kimble addresses forty key points.

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40 Questions About Church Membership and Discipline (Kregel, May 2017)

Addresses forty of the most common and thorny questions about church life

Does church membership mean more than simply joining a social group? Does the church have a responsibility to discipline its members–and if so, what does that look like? Recognizing the many puzzling questions about the critical role of the church in the life of believers, Jeremy Kimble addresses forty key points.

Each section considers questions of theology, ministry, and practicality, such as:
—Is there a New Testament precedent for membership?
—How does membership relate to baptism and communion?
—Who should become a member?
—How is discipline related to discipleship?
—Should a believer associate with someone under church discipline?

Like the other volumes in the 40 Questions & Answers Series, this book raises—and clearly answers—the most common and difficult questions that church leaders and members have. With succinct chapters, this is an eminently practical resource for any church leader, elder board, or new member seeking a foundational understanding of how the church should function.

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Jeremy Kimble

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Jeremy M. Kimble (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of theology at Cedarville College. Kimble served in pastoral ministry for eight years and currently serves as an elder at Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville, Ohio.

Find out more about Jeremy at http://www.kregel.com.

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Why are church membership and discipline important?

New release addresses 40 of the most common and thorny questions about church life

5/24/2017 || Seattle: Does church membership mean more than simply joining a social group? Does the church have a responsibility to discipline its members — and if so, what does that look like? In 40 Questions about Church Membership and Church Discipline (Kregel Academic/May 27, 2017/ISBN 978-0-8254-4445-6/$18.99), Dr. Jeremy Kimble recognizes and addresses the many puzzling questions about the critical role of the church in the life of believers.

The latest release in Kregel’s 40 questions series edited by Benjamin L. Merkle, each section considers questions of theology, ministry and practicality. This book raises — and clearly answers — the most common and difficult questions church leaders and members have. With succinct chapters, 40 Questions about Church Membership and Church Discipline is a practical resource for any church leader, elder board, seminary student or new member seeking a foundational understanding of how the church should function.

“Church membership is not solely about what you can get out of a church. Instead, membership points us toward commitment and mutual accountability,” explains Kimble. “When we join the membership of a local church, we are agreeing to be overseen in our discipleship and oversee others in their discipleship. As such, the idea of membership goes beyond mere attendance and even ministry involvement. At its heart, church membership is about a group of people committed to one another, who will continually oversee and exhort one another toward ever-increasing godliness.”

Among the 40 questions Kimble examines are:

  • Is there a New Testament precedent for membership?
  • How does membership relate to baptism and communion?
  • Who should become a member?
  • How is discipline related to discipleship?
  • Should a believer associate with someone under church discipline?

Church discipline is an often thorny topic, but Kimble describes discipline as a proper demonstration of the biblical concept of love. He writes that God disciplines those whom he loves (Hebrews 12:6–11), and thus a church who claims to love its members without disciplining them contradicts Scripture and offers a different kind of love than God does. Church discipline can potentially be a painful process, but as a spiritual family we are called to work through such matters faithfully and gently.

“The main message of the book is that church membership and discipline are essential components to the health of a local church, since they are a distinct means of pursuing discipleship, holiness, love and perseverance in the faith,” Kimble offers.

Learn more about 40 Questions about Church Membership and Church Discipline and the other books in the 40 Questions series at www.kregel.com.

About the Author

Dr. Jeremy Kimble (PhD, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Theological Studies at Cedarville University in Cedarville, OH. He is passionate about teaching college students, as well as the local church, the truth of God’s Word.

Dr. Kimble’s hope is that through his courses, students will seek to love God and others, rightly understand the grand narrative of Scripture and apply theological truths to everyday life. He is committed to teaching in the classroom as well as mentoring students in smaller settings. His research interests include ecclesiology, eschatology, biblical theology, worldview and the theology of Jonathan Edwards.

He served in pastoral ministry for eight years and currently serves as an elder at Grace Baptist Church in Cedarville.

Follow Dr. Jeremy Kimble on Twitter (@JeremyKimble).

Suggested interview questions

—How did you come to write a book on church membership and discipline?

—What is the most important thing for readers to understand about church membership?

—What are some of the biggest challenges the church as an institution faces today, both from the inside and the outside?

—Why is it important to be a member of a local church? Isn’t being a Christian enough?

—What qualifications of church membership are universal across denominational or doctrinal lines?

—What responsibilities does each member have to one another and their local church?

—What is church discipline, and why is it necessary for the church to function properly?

—Explain what you mean when you write, “As counterintuitive as it sounds, discipline is a proper demonstration of the biblical concept of love.”

—Many people may argue excommunication, the final step of church discipline, is harsh, but why it is sometimes necessary? How is excommunication often misunderstood?

—How are church membership, discipline and discipleship all interrelated?

To request a review copy of 40 Questions about Church Membership and Church Discipline, to schedule an interview with Jeremy Kimble or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

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