A Testimony of Church Discipline.

You don't often hear someone give thanks and offer praise because she was confronted by her church leaders for living in sin. So I was greatly encouraged my this young believer's testimony of how her church disciplined her and how that experience eventually led her to repentance and a restored life. I'd encourage you to read her story too (here). An excerpt is below.

Andrea Burke: 

In 2006, I sat at the table with men and women at The Village Church and heard the words that I didn’t want to hear: church discipline. I was in the middle of an affair with a married man and the letters revealed the life that I had tried to keep buried. What I thought was buried was actually a bomb. I was exposed and I had no excuse. My sin had found me out and I felt like I was being dragged out into the street.

I tried to bear the weight of my own sin and it pushed me into the ground. I can look back on my life now and see lampposts lighting the way toward freedom. One of them was lit with the hot flame of church discipline. The astringent words of men and women who weren’t too afraid to say “What you’re doing is wrong.” The action of Hebrews 12:11 — the unpleasant work that yields righteousness.

The goal of church discipline is to reveal sin and when it’s done well, it has the potential to be a rescue boat in the middle of the raging sea. The seemingly harsh action of calling a believer to the table on their sin is not unkind. Instead, it’s a marker in their life that may someday remind them that God was at work here, they were pursued and loved, and here’s the way back home.
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