40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline, By: Jerry M. Kimble
Reviewed by Richard R. Blake
Church Membership and Church Discipline as Components of a Healthy Church
“40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline” is a unique approach to the study of church membership and church discipline, in that, Dr. Jerry Kimble gives a substantive treatment to the inter relationship of the two issues as being crucial to the health of the church, discipleship, and the ongoing work of sanctification in the believer. Dr. Kimble introduces the topics from a biblical, historical, theological, and practical viewpoint.
Each chapter begins with one of the 40 questions being addressed in the book, includes an in-depth answer, a summary statement, and reflections questions, for personal consideration, or for use in a small study group. The book is divided into four parts: Part 1: Considers General Questions about Membership and Discipline. Part 2: Addresses General Questions about Church Membership from a theological approach. Part 3: Looks at general questions about Church Discipline. Part 4: concludes with question regarding the significance of membership and discipline.
Dr. Kimble’s writing is succinct, exegetically sound, theologically conventional, and pastorally supportive; extensively researched and well documented. Detailed footnotes add an extra dimension for further study, and will be especially helpful for pastors, bible teachers, and seminary students.
Readers will appreciate Dr. Kimble’s academic depth of in his presentation. I especially appreciated the authentic concern Kimble reveals in his emphasis on the process of discipline, restoration, and forgiveness. The reflective questions related to the ministry questions are especially thought provoking.
Dr. Jerry M. Kimble is Assistant of Theological Studies at Cedarville, Ohio. His book “40 Questions about Church Membership and Discipline” is an important resource for pastors, church leaders, and elder board members. Highly Recommended.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.
Kregel Publications, 2450 Oak Industrial Drive NE, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 49505, 978-0825444456, $ 18.99, 2017, 272 pages