Core Value 6: Discipline

God is a God of order and justice, who disciplines those he loves for their good (1 Corinthians 14:33; Hebrews 12:5–11).

  • Therefore we affirm the duty of churches to discipline their unrepentant members, excommunication being the final means of grace for their reconciliation (Matthew 18:15–17). We further affirm the responsibility of parents to discipline their children in the spirit of loving correction. This discipline may include corporal punishment (Proverbs 22:15).
  • We deny that all such discipline in the church and the home is unloving or harmful to its recipients when done according to the rules of Scripture and in the spirit of Christ (Leviticus 19:17; Proverbs 13:24).


  1. In what ways is God the pattern for all discipline?
  2. Why is discipline so important?
  3. What statements in this value express the intention and motives for discipline?
  4. How should discipline in the home and church be carried out?


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