Discipline As Taught In The Bible -- By: Richard V. Clearwaters

Journal: Central Bible Quarterly
Volume: CENQ 16:4 (Winter 1973)
Article: Discipline As Taught In The Bible
Author: Richard V. Clearwaters

Discipline As Taught In The Bible

Richard V. Clearwaters

President, Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis

I. Self Discipline

A. Of the body (I Cor. 9:24–27)

B. Of the mind (II Cor. 10:3–6; Col. 3:12–14)

C. Of the will (Matt. 26:39; Phil. 2:12–13)

II. Domestic Discipline

A. Husband submitted to Christ (I Cor. 11:3)

B. Husband submitted to Christ’s love (Eph. 5:25)

C. Wife submitted to her husband (Eph. 5:22–24; 5:30–31)

D. Husband and wife submitted to each other, in Christ (Eph. 5:21; Phil. 2:3–4)

E. Children obey their parents, in the Lord (Eph. 6:1–3)

F. Fathers rule their own household (I Tim. 3:4–5; Eph. 6:4)

III. Industrial Discipline

A. Servants obey masters (Eph. 6:5–8)

B. Masters, in subjection to the Lord, respecting servants (Eph. 6:9)

IV. Church Discipline

A. Based upon the younger being subject to the elder, and all subject one to another (I Pet. 5:5–6)

B. Obliged to judge and exclude all open wickedness (I Cor. 5:1–13; II Thess. 3:5–15)

C. Steps in church discipline outlined (Matt. 18:15–19)

1. Personal grievance (Matt. 18:15)

2. Personal grievance before two or three witnesses (Matt. 18:16)

3. Personal grievance before the church (Matt. 18:17)

V. Discipline for Leaders

A. To promote unity (Eph. 4:13)


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