Peace Seminar Series


Restoring Peace

How to Discipline with Grace and Truth

Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted
Galatians 6:1

How can you restore someone a relationship if the relationship lacked genuine fellowship? This is the question we first ask and answer if we are to practice redemptive community in our home and church. Biblical reconciliation requires redemptive community.

The Restoring Peace Seminar is specifically designed to help you discover and put into practice biblical principles for church discipline guided by the grace and truth of Jesus Christ. You will learn why discipline is necessary for spiritual growth in your life, in your family and in your church. You will discover why godly discipline is always generative, always for good.

Yet, if you are like most people, the term discipline brings forward feelings of fear and anxiety. How do we offer discipline without being harsh? How can we both truthful and loving?

The Restoring Peace Seminar provides a comprehensive pathway for church discipline—from what every person is called to do everyday, to how a community may discern and render judgment together in difficult and sensitive situations. You will learn why reconciliation and discipline involve specific practices—such as forgiveness, confession, and confrontation—that form a way of life to be exercised by every believer. You will learn biblical practices for spiritual growth that will guard against divisiveness and confusion.

The Restoring Peace Seminar outlines ten stages for biblical reconciliation. The first four stages are specific habits and practices that ought to be practiced daily by every Christian. Stage five begins a step-by-step approach for how a church or family might exercise redemptive discipline when needed.

The Restoring Peace Seminar will strengthen your ability to offer spiritual discipline with grace and truth. Restoring Peace will walk you through each step with clear and concise teaching that you can apply to any real-life situation you may be facing right now. Actual case studies will provide practical examples about how to lead people through each step in a discipline process.

The seminar is divided into four sessions:

Session 1: Why sin stinks and what to do about it

How to confront with grace

  • The forensic, ethical and dynamic nature of sin and salvation
  • Biblical guidelines for confronting, rebuking and correcting sin

Session 2: Why discipline requires discernment and the art of invitation

What Jesus meant by binding and loosing

  • What it means for the Church to bind and to loose
  • How, why and when to hold a sinner under judgment or to render forgiveness and release

Session 3: Why restitution is necessary

How to invite a sinner into transformation

  • How to recognize godly sorrow from worldly sorrow
  • What restitution does
  • Why character must be re-constituted for authentic transformation

Session 4: When is it right to remove (and restore) fellowship?