The 2019 conference theme is Church Discipline from the 9Marks of a Healthy Church. The conference sessions will focus on 3 key questions: What is it? Where is it in the Bible? and Why is it important?
What is it? In the broadest sense, church discipline is everything the church does to help its members pursue holiness and fight sin. Preaching, teaching, prayer, corporate worship, accountability relationships, and godly oversight by pastors and elders are all forms of discipline.
Where is it in the Bible? The New Testament commands corrective discipline (excluding unrepentant sinners from the fellowship of the church) in passages like Matthew 18:15–17, 1 Corinthians 5:1–13, 2 Corinthians 2:6, and 2 Thessalonians 3:6–15. The New Testament speaks about formative discipline in countless passages about pursuing holiness and building one another up in the faith, such as Ephesians 4:11–32 and Philippians 2:1–18
Why is it important? Think of discipline as the stake that helps the tree grow upright, the extra set of wheels on the bicycle, or the musician’s endless hours of practice. Without discipline, we won’t grow as God wants us to. With discipline, we will, by God’s grace, bear peaceful fruit of righteousness (Heb. 12:5–11).
You will sit under the teaching of Brian Davis, Pastor at Risen Christ Fellowship; Greg Gilbert, Senior Pastor at Third Avenue Baptist Church; John Henderson, Associate Pastor at Del Ray Baptist Church; Garrett Kell, Lead Pastor at Del Ray Baptist Church; Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director of 9Marks and Elder at Cheverly Baptist Church; and Cedarville Alumnus and Trustee Mark Vroegop, Lead Pastor at College Park Church. They will be joined by Cedarville University’s President, Dr. Thomas White, and Cedarville’s Director, Center for Biblical Integration, and Associate Professor of Theology, Jeremy Kimble. Join with pastors and ministry leaders from around the region as we focus on this critical issue.
The 9Marks Pastors Conference is for Pastors, Elders, Deacons and Church Ministry Leaders seeking to have a church with a biblical understanding of the gospel and its implications for ministry and outreach.
This event takes place October 29–30, 2019 on the campus of Cedarville University. Click here for more info.