Pathways to Peace Participant’s Manual
How to Conduct Church Discipline with Grace and Truth
How Do You Confront Sin with Grace and Truth?
Some churches exercise discipline that is legalistic, even abusive. Other churches avoid discipline altogether causing chaos and confusion. No matter how you respond some people will say, “You are so judgmental and unloving!”
Pathways to Peace is a comprehensive resource designed to help you discover and practice a biblical approach to church discipline following the teaching and example of Jesus. Your leadership team will discover clear biblical principles that will instruct and invite your congregation into life in redemptive community. You will learn:
- Why every believer is called to personal examination
- How to confess humbly
- How to confront gently
- How forgive graciously
- How to conduct a hearing between two parties
- How to discern godly sorrow and repentance
- Why making restitution is necessary before restoration
- How to invite a sinner into redemptive restoration
- How and when to remove fellowship
- How to restore fellowship
This highly effective and practical training guide will help you establish specific habits and practices for living grace and truth in your church. Your members will discover that reconciliation and discipline are not reserved for times of conflict only, but involve specific practices – such as forgiveness, confession, and confrontation – that form a way of life to be exercised by every believer all the time.
Pathways to Peace will give you specific ideas for how to grow biblical, one another community in your church. In fact, you’ll learn that your effectiveness in confronting sin truthfully and restoring the sinner gracefully is directly proportional to the practice of biblical community. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Brothers, if someone is caught in sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently.” (Galatians 6:1) The purpose of confrontation is restoration. But you cannot restore fellowship, if no fellowship exists. Pathways to Peace is a call to authentic biblical community.