God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline

God Redeeming His Bride: A Handbook for Church Discipline
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Cheong, Robert K


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Church discipline is a term that is fraught with problems for the church today. However the Biblical witness is clear that it is an essential component of a healthy, God-honoring church -- a church where Christians grow and mature in grace and develop solid foundations with which they can, with the help of the Spirit, withstand the storms of life.

With many years of pastoral experience, Robert K. Cheong has faced this issue many times. Additionally he interviewed over 30 pastors from different countries and a wide variety of church settings, which enables him to bring a breadth and depth of experience to the issue that is practically unprecedented.

Includes a Foreword by Steve Timmis

330 Pages
Published January 2013

About the Author

Robert K. Cheong is the pastor responsible for Care and Counselling at Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky. He is married to Karen and they have three grown children.

Book Details

330 Pages
Publisher: Christian Focus
Publication Date: January 2013
ISBN 10: 1845507193
ISBN 13: 9781845507190

“May the Lord use it to help us, as his church, become the beautiful bride she was purchased to be.”
- Stephen Timmis, Director, Acts 29 Network in Western Europe

“A wonderfully practical and refreshingly gracious treatment of the topic. Even those who don't subscribe to everything Cheong says will find this book to be a significant help.”
- Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

“As difficult and painful as it can be, church discipline is a crucial obligation that Jesus has given to us as his people. But how do you do it? As a pastor, how do you both care for those who are in sin and at the same time lead the church as a whole to exercise its duty to exercise discipline? And why is church discipline necessary in the first place? These are some of the questions that Robert Cheong addresses in his book God Redeeming His Bride. Setting the concept of church discipline in the context of the Gospel and God's work of redemption, Cheong gives highly practical advice about every step in the process - encouraging and teaching along the way.”
- Greg Gilbert, Senior Pastor, Third Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville, KY, author, What is the Gospel?

“It is one thing to believe, in theory, in what God says in the Bible about the necessity of church discipline. It is another thing altogether to know how to navigate the process in the case of an unrepentant, falling church member. In this book, Robert Cheong, with biblical brilliance and pastoral compassion, provides a model for churches and leaders.”
- Russell D. Moore, Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

“One of the most painful things to do as a pastor is to teach and lead out in the discipline of the church. We need courage. This book helps encourage us as we obey the call for the purity of the gospel through the local church.”
- Darrin Patrick, Lead Pastor, The Journey, St. Louis, MO

“Eminently practical while deeply theological, this gospel-centered approach to church discipline is a ground-breaking book that every pastor and every church leadership team should read and apply.”
- Robert W. Kellemen, Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Coalition, Lafayette, IN

“A treasure-trove of grace, wisdom, and gospel truths regarding the difficult topic of church discipline, drawn from a pastor's hard-earned experience with the reality of sin and the power of the gospel.”
- Justin Holcomb, Executive Director, Resurgence, Lead Pastor, Mars Hill Church | U-District, Seattle, WA; Adjunct Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Robert Cheong's contribution is unique, then, for its breadth: it is scripturally rich, theologically robust, narratively engaging, practically saturated, and ecclesially helpful. It is also unique because its author, a scholar pastor, has been engaged in hundreds of church discipline cases either personally or by means of counseling and training others, so his book reflects a wisdom forged through experience.”
- Greg Allison, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY

“A timely addition to any pastor's - or church member for that matter-field manual for real-life ministry.”
- Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research, Nashville, TN