Church Discipline and Fellowship

Church Discipline and Fellowship

I. The desire for restoration

    A. God’s desire (2 Peter 3:9)
    B. Our desire (Galatians 6:1)

II. The process of confrontation

    A. Talk to the offender, not about the offender (Matthew 18:15)
    B. If the problem persists, take witnesses (Matthew 18:16)
    C. If he still refuses to repent, take the matter before the church (Matthew 18:17-20)

III. The reasons for withdrawal

    A. Unsound doctrine (1 Timothy 6:3-5; 2 John 9-11)
    B. Unbiblical practice (2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14)
    C. Immoral behavior (1 Corinthians 5:1-9)
    D. Instigation of strife (Romans 16:17-18; Titus 3:10-11)
    E. All of this applies to withdrawing of fellowship from a Christian, not to our relationship with the world at large (1 Corinthians 5:9-13)

IV. The aim of discipline

    A. In regards to the individual…

      1. Admonishment (2 Thessalonians 3:15)
      2. Restoration (James 5:19-20)
      3. Forgiveness and reaffirmation of love (2 Cor. 2:6-8)

    B. In regards to the church…

      1. Protection of the flock (Acts 20:28; Titus 1:10-11)
      2. Maintain the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:1-3) and fellowship with God (Revelation 2:14-16)

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