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Church Discipline
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Acts 20: 27 – “For I have not shunned to declare to you the whole counsel of God.The subject of church discipline is a part of the whole counsel of God, and thus must be declared.The whole counsel of God has not been declared when part has beenchangedoravoided.
Four Major New Testament passages dealing with churchDiscipline –2 Thess. 3: 6; Romans 16: 17; 1 Cor. 5: 9-13; 2 Thess. 3:14.
2 Thessalonians 3: 6– “But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Jesus Christ, that youwithdrawfrom every brother who walks disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.A disorderly walk denotes conduct that is in any way contrary to the rules of Christ.The proper idea of the word in Greek is that of soldiers who do not keep the ranks.Some Christians do not keep the ranks within the army of God.1 John 3: 4; James 4: 17, Hebrews 10: 26.
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Romans 16:17– “Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which you have learned, and avoid them.”1 Corinthians 5: 9-13– “ I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people. Yet I certainly did not mean with the sexually immoral people of this world, or with covetous, orextortioners, or idolater, since then you would need to go out of the world.
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But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother, who is sexually immoral, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or anextortioner,not even to eat with such a person.For what have I to do with judging those also who are outside? Do you not judge those who are inside? But those who outside God Judges. Therefore “put away from yourselves the evil person.”2 Thessalonians 3: 14– “And if anyone does not obey our word in this epistle, note that personand do not keep companywith him,that he may be ashamed.
Discipline is a word which is out of step withour time.
The world We live in todayPermissive – IndulgentNo Controls, No Restraints, No LimitationsOurs is a day when discipline is lacked in our homes, schools, and churches.Two extremes are encountered in this matter:Misuse (which is abused) Nonuse (which is abandonment)Neither of these two extremes is acceptable to God.
What is the Meaning of Discipline:
Discipline means to teach, instruct, to correct, or to train one that he might be strengthen, perfected; or chastise.2 Timothy 3: 16-17:“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, forinstruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”The note on“instruction” is discipline(Greek –paideian).
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While many think of discipline only as corrective, it must be pointed out that discipline is twofold in its nature.A.Instructive disciplinewhich is preventiveB.Corrective disciplinewhich is chastisingExamples of instructive (preventive) disciplineEphesians 6: 4– “And you fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.1 Thess. 5: 22- “Abstain from every form of evil.”
Is Discipline A Bible Subject?
Genesis 17:14– The uncircumcised were to be cut off, that is, put away from the people.Leviticus 2: 27; 17: 8-9– Those who ate blood was to be cut off, that is, put away from the people.Deuteronomy 13: 13-18– Those who engaged in worshipping idols were to be killed.Romans 16: 17-18; 1 Corinthians 4: 19-21– Those who caused division were to be pointed out and avoided.1 Thessalonians 5: 14– The unruly were to be warned.2 Thessalonians 3: 6-15– Company is not be kept with those who refused to work.1 Timothy 5: 19-20– Those sinning were to be rebuked before all.
Is Discipline A Bible Subject?
The Patriarchal Age.1.Genesis 2-3– God had told Adam and Eve what they should do and what was forbidden for them to do. When they disobeyed God, Goddisciplineorpunishedthem.2.Genesis 6– The disobedience of the multitudes brought on the great flood during the days of Noah.3.Genesis 19– When it came for the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, God told Lot and his family what to do. Lot’s wife disobeyed God and was thus turned into a pillar of salt.
Is Discipline A Bible Subject?
TheMosaicalAge.1.Leviticus 10: 1-2–Nadab&Abihu(two of Aaron’s four sons) offered strange fire before the Lord and was devoured by the fire.2.Numbers 15: 32-40– A man caught picking up sticks on the Sabbath Day was stoned to death.3.Joshua 7:1; 19-26–Achantook of the spoils of the city and was stoned to death as a result.The New Testament:Acts 5: 1-11– Ananias andSapphiralied to God and were struck dead as a result.
What are the Responsibilities of the Eldersin Instructive (Preventive Discipline)?
Elders are a part of God’s arrangement for the local church.According to Acts 15:6, the church in Jerusalem had elders.According to Acts 14: 23, Paul appointed elders in the churches at the end of his first missionary journey.Philippians 1: 1 – indicates that the church at Philippi had elders.In Titus 1:5 – Paul told Titus to ordain elders in every city.
Elders play a vital role in the instructive(preventive) part of the church discipline.
1. Elders are to feed the flock of God.Acts 20:28– “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which he purchased with His own blood.”They mustguardthe flock from false teaches within.Acts 20: 30– “Also from among yourselves men rise up, speaking perverse things to draw away the disciples after themselves.They must be mindful of the flock day and night.Acts 20:31– Therefore watch, and remember that for three years I did not cease to warn everyone night and day with tears”.
Elders play a vital role in the instructive (Preventive) partof the church discipline.
Elders are to be an example to the flock.Acts 20: 28– “Take heed to yourselves and to all the flock….”Heedis from a Greek word(proseche)that means hold to, to apply mind to, to give heed to, to attend to, to observe, to consider and to provide for.Elders must take the oversight and rule the congregation.Acts 20: 28– “Take heed to yourselves and to al the flock….”1 Timothy 5: 17– “The elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in the word and doctrine.Note:“Overseer” is a man charged with the duty of seeing that things to be done by others are done rightly.
What are the Responsibilities of each Member in Instructive (Preventive) Discipline?
Every Member of the church has a responsibility to all the other members in instructive (preventive) discipline.We are to “increase and abound in love to one another and to all.”1 Thessalonians 3: 12.Hebrews 3: 13– “But exhort one another daily, while it is today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.”Hebrew 10: 24– “ and let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.”Read Romans 1: 11-12
What is Corrective Discipline?
Corrective Discipline, or Withdrawal is not aChoice but a Command.2 Thessalonians 3: 6– “But we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,that you withdraw from every brother who walks disorderlyand not according to the tradition which he received from us.Corrective discipline does not mean vengeance toward the offender.Romans 12:19– “Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”The Bible is clear about where vengeance belongs…..It belongs to God.Corrective discipline does not mean pronouncing or condemning a person to hell because he can repent (1 John 1: 9)Corrective discipline does not mean that the one withdrawn from become an enemy.2 Thess. 3: 15– “Yet do not count him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
What Does Corrective Discipline Mean or Include?
It means to avoid or turn away from.Romans 16: 17– “Now I urge you brethren, note (mark, KJV) those who cause division and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, andavoid them.”It means to refuse association or company.1 Corinthians 5: 9-11– “I wrote to you in my epistle not to keep company with sexually immoral people.It means one does not give encouragement in any way to what the evil one is doing. One must separate from, to retire from personally and private (after the church has withdrawn, and to turn away from.
What Are The Purpose of Corrective Discipline
To Save The Souls of theSAVEDmembers of the church.It is only as one sees the true nature of sin that one will shun the appearance of evil.Failure to purge out sin leads to toleration of sin and blinds one to its true nature.(Death) James 1:15; Romans 3: 23).1 Corinthians 5: 1-2,the Corinthians were“puffed up”.A little leaven leaves the whole lump, -1 Corinthians 5:6,it is only by purging out the leaven that the rest of the lump is kept free from contamination (sin).It is only as the church does whatGod commandsin these instances (sin) that she (the church) can escape the condemnation that is sure to come for a refusal to do so.2 Thess. 3:6; Romans 16: 17; 1 Cor. 5: 9-13; 2 Thess. 3:14.
What is the Scriptural Procedure in Corrective Discipline?
Second,the disorderly must be warned and vividly impressed about his conduct.1Thessalonians 5: 14– “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all.”Matthew 18:15–”Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother.Third, there must be a diligent effort to restore the individual.’Galatians 6:1– “Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you are tempted.”James 5: 19-20– “Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul from death and cover a multitude of sins.”
REVIEW – Church Discipline
4 Major New Testament Christians dealing with church discipline.The Meaning of Church Discipline.Discipline as a Bible Subject.The Responsibility of Elders in Instructive Discipline.The Responsibility of Each Member in Instructive Discipline.What is Corrective DisciplineUpon Whom is Corrective Discipline tobe administered.What is the Scriptural procedure in corrective discipline.
What is to be our Action Toward and Treatment of oneDisfellowshiped?
First,the whole churchmust administer and support the action.1Corinthians 5: 4-5.Second,he or sheis to be treated as a heathen and publican.Matthew 18:17.Third, he is to be avoided.Romans 16:17.Fourth, we are to have no company with such a one.2 Thessalonians 3: 14-15.Fifth, we must stand ready to forgive and receive him back into fellowship when he repents.2 Corinthians 2: 6-8.
What Must I Do To Be Saved?
Hear the Gospel(Romans 10: 17; Acts 15:7)Believe the Gospel( Mark 16:16)Repent of Sins(Acts 17: 30)Confess Christ(Romans 10: 9-10)Be Baptized for remission of sins(Acts 2: 38; 22: 16)





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