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  1. Church Discipline II Thessalonians 3:6, 13-15

  2. Church Discipline • Most of us have the same reaction when we hear the word discipline • It usually doesn’t bring about the happiest of thoughts in our minds • However, as adults, we know and understand it’s purpose and necessity in this world

  3. Church Discipline • We discipline our children to help them to grow into mature, well behaved adults and Christians • We discipline young men and women in things such as the military • We discipline those who break the law through punishment

  4. Church Discipline • Church discipline is not much different in that it is necessary for those who are wayward • It is not something that we enjoy, nor is it an easy thing to do • However, it is biblical, and that is one of our main concerns

  5. OldTestament • Discipline is nothing new • We see it throughout the Old Testament • God punished Israel for worshipping the golden calf (Ex. 32) • God punished them for complaining against Him (Num. 21)

  6. Old Testament • God punished them for not having faith in Him (Num. 13-14) • There was a purpose behind the discipline • It wasn’t just to publicly humiliate them or whomever was being disciplined

  7. Old Testament • So what was the purpose of God’s discipline in the Old Testament? • Deuteronomy 29 & 30 gives us some insight when the Lord described what would happen when Israel turned their back on Him • Certainly there would be discipline

  8. Old Testament • God sets forth the purpose of discipline in Deut. 30:1-10 • v. 2 tells us it was to get them to “return to the Lord your God and obey His voice” • God wanted to bring the children of Israel back to Himself

  9. Old Testament • There was also another purpose to discipline laid out in Deuteronomy • God wanted sin removed from the camp because of it’s contagiousness (Gal. 6:1) • 11 times in Deut. we see “so you shall put away the evil from among you”

  10. Jesus Speaks • Jesus addressed this idea of discipline as well in Matthew 18:15-17 • Jesus said that there are steps we should take to restore one who has sinned • We should first go to him and him alone

  11. Jesus Speaks • If he will not hear, we bring 2 or 3 witnesses • If he still does not hear, we bring it before the congregation • If he still does not hear, Jesus says “let him be to you like a heathen and a taxcollector”

  12. Jesus Speaks • Obviously the idea is to get the individual to repent of their sins and turn back to the Lord • James 5:19-20 • The part of having no fellowship with that person is to be the end of the process (Titus 3:10)

  13. Sin In Corinth • Paul addresses a situation with a brother in sin in I Corinthians 5 • Paul tells them to “deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus” (v. 5) • The purpose in this was to save him

  14. Sin In Corinth • Paul did this same thing to Hymenaeus and Alexander (I Tim. 1:20) • He did so “that they may learn not to blaspheme” • Paul also said it is done that they “may be ashamed” (II Thess. 3:14)

  15. Sin In Corinth • “Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump…” (vs. 6-7) • Paul knew that a little sin could spread like wildfire (II Tim. 2:16-18) • Remember what evil company does(I Cor. 15:33)

  16. Sin In Corinth • Paul then tells us how to handle that person (vs. 9-13) • “not to keep company”, “not even to eat with such a person”, “put away from yourselves the evil person” • Paul speaks of withdrawing and not keeping company in II Thess. 3

  17. Words From Hebrews • Hebrews 12:5-11 • God disciplines us because He loves us • We discipline others because we love and care for their souls • God does it “for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness”

  18. Words From Hebrews • It is painful, but it is for our own good • Remember God is “longsuffering”, “not willing that any should perish” (II Pet. 3:9) • That is why He disciplines us, to try and win us back to Himself

  19. What If It Works? • Remember that we are not to treat them like an enemy, but to admonish as a brother (II Thess. 3:15) • What about the one in Corinth who repented of his sins • II Cor. 2:3-11