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Church Discipline

Eugene Prewitt


Eugene Prewitt

Eugene Prewitt directs the Bible Teacher Training hosted by Aenon.



  • 2007-03-09T00:00:00-08:00u00to00
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her father in heaven I asked this morning to look at your holy Bible which allow us to see what is there to understand a truly nice house with this in the name of Jesus amen I told you yesterday relevant yesterday was good for that we would talk about church discipline our next worship and I'd like you to return your Bibles to first Corinthians chapter five prescriptions five is where you find the most full treatment of how to do it open soon in the church anywhere in the Scripture first Corinthians chapter five will begin reading in verse one digits reported commonly that there is fornication among you is a clear beginning they were talking about open sent how open is the same number with this chapter is known to the elders only known to the church only looks like that it is a matter of gossip Heather in your and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles no one should have his father 's life and you are puffed up and have not rather mourned that she has done this thing might be taken away from the midst of you our first observation I like to make or maybe start of regarding made one visit first Corinthians is not written to elders it's written to the church and what was the church what is the proper response in the part of the church towards having someone like this in their midst that initiative and say the definition of an angry initiative and checked her they should been in the next but they have realized that to have someone like this as part of their church hinders their work to the community slows down the blessing of God towards them and through them in fact it mitigates and militates against it mitigates their power not take against everything trying to do within the verse two it says that he had that have done this deed might be taken away from among you the question that the Corinthians might have had which was clarified in the next book was designing a money is that we don't come near his person or among use of that is not part of our number is her difference in those two ideas there is and this differences been highlighted before this in the Bible for example there were twelve disciples and that they were near Jesus and then there were others that were near them squishing around the multi- the defensive guys are switching here that make them one of the twelve now event and Amanda won one of those twelve died they want to remake up the number one furnish a little disciples is that proximity is not the pain as membership and though you could be one of Christ's disciples as they with him and listened him and hear him if you could you were ordained as one of the twelve then you just weren't one of them much like church membership you can come to church listen a church be blessed by church you are the church not part of the church is just tweeted that is definitely the intention of verse two says from among you I'm not saying yes to guess that if you want to find and we don't get their second Corinthians chapter two that fit from among you that is he's not a part of your number verse three for verily for I verily as absent in body but present in spirit have judged already as though I were present concerning him that I have so done this thing but here comes idea who is the one who decides whether this man needs to be disfellowshipped you could think from looking at verse three that the elder himself the sites and you should know that there are many elders by that I mean pastors who feel that they have a right to this fellowship people I don't say its most epic most of the better trained than that but there are individuals feel that way and PC on them I get that from this verse Paul is the one whose jobs already but look at the next verse in the name of our Lord Jesus when you are gathered together in my spirit with when you are gathered together and my spirit with the power of our Lord Jesus if I consist simply verse four says that if the whole church together including Paul and he just puts in his apps to vote before they have the meeting when I said again polls not to be at the meeting as you want his voice to be heard he dies they said I vote for this fellowship but does he say that you don't need to come together then started voted it is as you need from together with my vote and to gather this is a decision is made but if we asked the question is this the decision of one man the test results thoroughly in second Corinthians keep your finger here something like that we can come back and look at second Corinthians chapter two second Corinthians chapter two and were looking at verse five but if any man has caused grief he has not agreed to mediate but in part in other words if anyone is is offended the church is not the elder that offended particularly or personally is not a personal issue that I might not overcharge all sufficient to such man is this punishment lesson which was selected was at say of many who was responsible for the disfellowshipped in the fornicator there was the church Paul had an absentee voters the elder who established the church but he didn't have the only decision-making power he said to hear that it wasn't a personal issue it was the punishment for many that looks like the church went a bit too far so that contrariwise you ought rather to forgive him lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow wherefore I beseech you that you would confirm your love toward him not some feel could misunderstand that passage and say all right you disfellowshipped and not let them back in but it's not too hard to understand if you are walking outside in the city and Amanda stops right in front of you suddenly you bump into him he says oh I'm sorry you say that's all right maybe that's not serious enough to be illustration but the fact that you forgive him does make an partier church forgiveness never habitual part of the church but is make a difference whether or not you forget them or hold a grudge against them but polls indicate is that church discipline is not a matter of vendetta church discipline is not a way to get even with the man who messed up our reputation but at the same time we discipline it's a very opportune time to confirm love and forgive those thoughts go together this is a worship and not class so were looking to swimmer passage and be done turned back in your Bibles to first Corinthian 's chapter seven five prescriptions five were going to look at verse six we skipped verse five which really indicates the discipline is for the purpose of saving the lost person probably is important the motive and the discipline action every time Paul mentions it is this people lost people are easier to save outside the church and inside of it verse six your glorying is not good no gay not that a little leaven leaven of the whole lump person out there for the old leaven that you may be a new law the system that purging out the old leaven in the first sentence five is not purging out your own personal sense the lump is not the lump of clay that your made out of hello this is a lump of the church and a little bit of open sand in the church contaminates the entire body so that before the church takes part in communion it ought to purge out the open centers so that communion is the communion of consecrated persons are these apparently consecrated persons and not of open source will talk a little more about this tomorrow but sniffer prayer our father in heaven as we become active members of churches I asked if she would teach us our part in this process of maintaining integrity and purity of your church and loving and forgiving sinners were dependent on you to find a way to save those that are in open send for your own sake and ask for that gifts in the name of Jesus and


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