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Church Discipline - Part 3

Previously, I wrote about the importance of the disposition of the heart in church discipline. In this series of articles I want to expand on that a bit further with regards to the major biblical teaching on church discipline.

In Part 1 of this series we discovered that church discipline has a process that aims at restoration. The accused is given multiple opportunities to repent and to have their case heard to ensure that justice is done. Likewise, the accuser's claims are verified by multiple people to avoid false accusations and they are exhorted to have a heart of forgiveness like God's heart towards them. Those responsible for the discipline must also act in accordance with the will of God in order for it to be binding.

In Part 2 of this series we saw a practical example that illustrated that Christian's should shun someone who claims the name of Jesus yet their life is characterized by their sin and they refuse to repent, in order that this person might be restored a…

Church Discipline - Part 2

Previously, I wrote about the importance of the disposition of the heart in church discipline. In this series of articles I want to expand on that a bit further with regards to the major biblical teaching on Church discipline.

Part 1, covered Matthew 18:15-35, and Part 2 will cover 1 Corinthians 5. Part 3 will look at the practical application of discipline.

The Corinthian church had many problems one of which was not dealing with persistent sin in their midst. In chapter 5 we find a particularly startling example.
It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who had done this be removed from among you. (1 Cor. 5:1-2) It appears that the church in Corinth was arrogant with regards to their spirituality. They thought they had it all together when really they should have been in mourning that such a sin could be in …

Church Discipline - Part 1

Previously, I wrote about the importance of the disposition of the heart in church discipline. In this series of articles I want to expand on that a bit further with regards to the major biblical teaching on Church discipline.

Church discipline is necessary for at least two reasons: (1) Local churches can be easily corrupted by one bad apple. (2) It is a mechanism for restoration when people sin. Therefore, discipline is needed for the health of the church. In the Bible, there are two major passages that deal directly with discipline, Matthew 18:15-35 and 1 Corinthians 5.

In Matthew 18:15-35 we see the process, authority, and forgiveness required for church discipline.

Process (Matt. 18:15-17):
If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he doesn't listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. If he …