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Danny Aiken: The Church as God’s Missional People – Regenerate Membership and Church Discipline Lived Out in Those Justified by His Grace

December 4, 2010

Ecclesiology and missiology are intrinsically related to one another. The only way to do biblical missions is to do so through a biblical church, and the only way to be a biblical church is to pursue faithfully God’s mission for the church as revealed in Holy Scripture. In light of this symbiotic relationship, I believe there is a connection between regenerate church membership and church discipline, on the one hand, and the missional nature of God’s church, on the other hand. In order to demonstrate this, I will (1) address the missional nature of the church; (2) discuss the relationship between regenerate church membership and church discipline and the concept of a missional church; and (3) offer four ways in which membership and discipline enhance the missional nature of God’s church. All of this will be examined within the context of a people who have been justified by grace through the blood atonement of Jesus.

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