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  1. Corrective Church Discipline Unknown Ignored Unseen Rejected Misunderstood

  2. Discipline: OT Topic • Uncircumcised male child – Gen. 17:14 • Those who eat blood – Lev. 7:26-27 • Offer of unauthorized sacrifice – Lev. 17:8-9 • Idol worshippers – Deut. 13:6-18 • Rebellious son – Deut. 21:18-21 • Adam & Eve – Gen. 3 – Administered by God! • Korah’s rebellion – Num. 16 - Administered by God! • Nadab & Abihu – Lev. 10:1-2 - Administered by God! • Sabbath violator – Num. 15:32 - Administered by man! • Achan – Josh. 7 - Administered by God’s people!

  3. Discipline: NT Topic • Sin against a brother – Matt. 18:15-18 • Liars – Acts 5:1-14 - Administered by God! • False Teacher – Rom. 16:17; 1 Tim. 6:3-5 • Arrogant – 1 Cor. 4:19-21 • Immoral – 1 Cor. 5:1-13 • Action toward penitent – 2 Cor. 2:6-11 • Sinned & not repented – 2 Cor. 13:1-2 • Unruly to be warned – 1 Thess. 5:14 • Disorderly – 2 Thess. 3:6-15 • Those who reject the faith – 1 Tim. 1:19-20 • Elders who sin – 1 Tim. 5:19-20 • Insubordinate – Titus 1:10-13 • Heretics – Titus 3:10-11

  4. Remember • Motive: Love for the Lord and the erring Christian – Heb. 12:5-6 • Does not condemn one to hell – Jn. 5:27 GOD SIN JOHN 5:27 Christian Christian Withdraw

  5. Remember • Motive: Love for the Lord and the erring Christian – Heb. 12:5-6 • Does not condemn one to hell – Jn. 5:27 • More involved than making a public announcement – 1 Cor. 5:4-5, 11 • Disciplined Christian is not an enemy – 2 Thess. 3:15

  6. Lesson on Discipline • What is discipline? • Why discipline? • Who is a subject of corrective church discipline? • When do we administer discipline? • How are we to treat the disciplined?

  7. What Is Discipline? • Training or experience that corrects, molds, strengthens; Esp. mental faculties or moral character. • Primarily, an admonishing or calling to soundness of mind or self-control. • Instructive: preventive in nature; education. • Corrective: chastising or penalizing in nature. Means Appointed by God to Save His Erring Children

  8. What Is Discipline? • Training: broad idea of education • Principles of discipline basic to all relationships • Self-discipline • Parent/Child • Government/Citizen • Church/Christian • Corrective church discipline – emphasis of lesson • Cultivation of a disciplined mind, body, & life involves: teaching, correction, reproof, admonition, punishment, & chastisement.

  9. Church of Christ • Identifiable body of baptized believers working and worshipping together. • Voluntary relationship for the good of all. • Honor and praise God. • Salvation of lost souls. • Cultivate qualities in the individual Christian that are necessary for entrance into heaven. • Christians are to live in the doctrine of Christ. • Discipline is required to maintain this proper relationship—both instructive and corrective.

  10. Not Everyone True To Their Commitments • Ananias & Sapphira – Acts 5:1-11 • John Mark for a while – Acts 13:13 • Immoral brother in Corinth – 1 Cor. 5 • Others in Corinth – 1 Cor. 1-4 • Hymenaeus & Alexander – 1 Tim. 1:19-20 • Hymenaeus & Philetus – 2 Tim. 2:16-19 • Demas – 2 Tim. 4:10 • Diotrephes – 3 Jn. 9-10

  11. Why Administer Discipline? • Save Soul of the Erring – 1 Cor. 5:4-5 • Protect Others in the Church – 1 Cor. 5:6 • Be Example to World – Matt. 5:13-16 • Keep the Church Pure – 1 Cor. 5:7 • Cause All Christians to Examine Their Lives – Acts 5:12; 1 Tim. 1:20 • Obey God – Mt. 18:15-18; 2 Thess. 3:6-15; 2:15; 1 Cor. 5:1-13

  12. Subjects of Church Discipline • Remember: It’s a sin if we fail to discipline those we know should be disciplined – Heb. 10:26-27 • Remember purpose – Save soul lost in sin! • Therefore, when brother sins and all other means of restoring him fail, then this brother becomes a subject of church discipline. • ANYSIN—a brother knowingly, willfully, and impenitently continues in—unless, there are some sins that will not damn a soul to hell.

  13. WHO? • Those who sin against a brother – Mt. 18:15-17 • Fornicator, covetous, unclean, idolater – Eph. 3:5 • Immoral, covetous, extortioner, drunkard – 1 Cor. 5:11 • Blasphemers – 1 Timothy 1:20 • False teachers & those causing division – Rom. 16:17 • Heretics – Titus 3:10 • Hypocrites – 1 Cor. 16:22 • Liars, murderers, unbelieving, sorcerers – Rev. 21:8 • Homosexuals, immoral, thieves, revilers – 1 Cor. 6:9-11 • Elders who continue in sin – 1 Tim. 5:19-20 • Those who forsake the assembly – Heb. 10:25 • Those who walk disorderly – 2 Thess. 3:6

  14. WHO? • THE IMPENITENT Fellowship is never severed because of a particular sin being committed, but rather, because of an unrepentant attitude or disposition of heart toward the sin or sins committed!

  15. WHEN? • Establish that sin has been committed: • Sin to be proved – Mt. 18:15-17 • Proof of Achan’s sin shown to all – Josh. 7:22-23 • Cannot act on hearsay – 1 Tim. 5:19 • Give time to reach erring – Matt. 18:15-17 • Time for individuals & church to act – Gal. 6:1; Jas. 5:19 • Combine cards, visits, admonishments, & prayers • After all other efforts fail – Final step – 1 Cor. 5 • Withdrawal – Last Step In Long Chain of Efforts to Save the Erring Child of God!

  16. HOW? • Public Announcement – 1 Cor. 5:3-5 • “Mark” – Rom. 16:17 • “Withdraw” and “Note” – 2 Thess. 3:6-14 • “Reject” – Titus 3:10 • Individual Action of Each Member – Rom. 16:17 • Do not keep company with him – 2 Thess. 3:14 • Do not associate with him – 1 Cor. 5:11 • Do not eat with him – 1 Cor. 5:11 • Do not receive him 2 John 9-11 • Treat as heathen & tax collector – Matt. 18:18 • Proper Support of Whole Body – 2 Cor. 2:6

  17. Who Would NOT SupportChurch Discipline? • Other Sinners – 2 Cor. 12:21-13:2 • Ignorant and Untaught – Lev. 5:17 • Grumblers looking for a complaint • Those who think they know better than God how to save the erring – Rom. 10:2 • Those with “little faith” – 2 Cor. 5:7 • Those who put fellowship with men above fellowship with God – Matt. 10:37; Jn. 12:42-43 • Power-Seekers – 2 Sam. 15:4

  18. Corrective Church Discipline • Appointed by God to save His erring children! • Who are we to fight against God? – Acts 5:39 • Who are we to question God? – Rom. 9:20-21 • Can we withstand God? – Acts 11:17

  19. Questions • Could I work on the same job? • Could I eat in the same café? • Could I accept invitations from other Christians if they also invited those who were disciplined? • What if my spouse is disciplined? • What about the parent/child relationship?

  20. Cut off from his people: Gen. 17:14 Exod. 30:33, 38 Lev. 7:20-21, 25, 27 Lev. 19:8; 23:29 Num. 9:13 Exod. 32:27-29 Lev. 10:1-7 Deut. 13:6-11; 21:18-21 Josh. 7:15-25; Deut. 24:16 I Sam. 3:13 1 Kgs. 15:11-13 Ezra 10:3, 4, 11 Matt. 10:34-36 Matt. 12:46-50 Luke 9:62 1 Cor. 5:11 2 Thess. 3:6, 14-15 Matt. 18:15-17 Are Family Members Exempt?

  21. Working With God To Save Souls • God Has Done His Part: • Sacrificed His Son For Us • Revealed Plan For Saving Souls • We Must Do Our Part: • Warn the Unruly – 1 Thess. 5:14; Gal. 6:1 • Withdraw from Disorderly – 2 Thess. 3:6 • Public Announcement – 1 Cor. 5:4-5 • Private Application – 1 Cor. 5:11 • Sinner Must Do His Part • Repent, Confess, Correct – Acts 8:22