Today, Robert Cheong’s excellent new book on church discipline releases from Christian Focus in the UK. If you are a pastor or church leader, this is one book you absolutely need to have in your library. I had the privilege of reading an advance copy and offering an endorsement of the book. Here’s what I wrote:
“I appreciate this book for three reasons. First, it’s theologically rich, anchoring church discipline in the glorious drama of God’s redeeming work. Second, it’s pastorally wise, written by a seasoned shepherd who knows the joy and pain of leading and protecting the flock. And third, it’s practically helpful – the appendices alone are worth the price of the book. Robert’s work on this important subject is a gift to every gospel-loving church leader and church member.”
I don’t offer such endorsements lightly… I would highly commend this book to every leader. Biblical church discipline is a subject that’s not often discussed. It’s usually either 1) not practiced at all or 2) practiced without a proper “gospel grid” (so that it is used punitively rather than redemptively). Cheong is a pastor at Sojourn, a church that 1) practices church discipline faithfully and 2) practices it redemptively, out of a deep well of theological reflection and pastoral wisdom.
GET THIS BOOK. You won’t be sorry.