The Pain of Church Discipline

2 Cor. 2:5-7 I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭5-7‬ NLT)

  • Not a popular topic, but with no teaching about discipline there is no context for understanding when it takes place.

Possibly someone who was causing disunity.
1 Cor 5:1 I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you—something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother. You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭1-2‬ NLT)

  • Regarding one who involved in an immoral situation.
  • Incest allowed and celebrated within the Church. (It’s not about not judging people) Sin must be called out.
  • The church has a responsibility to act. (excommunication)

A Method of Correction Given by Jesus:

Matthew 18:15 – “1) If another believer sins against you, go privately and point out the offense. If the other person listens and confesses it, you have won that person back. But if you are unsuccessful, 2) take one or two others with you and go back again, so that everything you say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. If the person still refuses to listen,       3) take your case to the church. Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, 4) treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector. (‭Matthew‬ ‭18‬:‭15-17‬ NLT)

  • Jesus is talking in context of a sin that has the potential to destroy a Christian community.
  • Jesus is not talking about stupid, small, petty arguments and disagreements – unless they snowball.

Step 1 – Go Privately (yourself) – and address your brother/sister in kindness

Lev 19:17 – “Do not nurse hatred in your heart for any of your relatives. Confront people directly so you will not be held guilty for their sin. (‭Leviticus‬ ‭19‬:‭17‬ NLT)
Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against a fellow Israelite (neighbor), but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD. (‭Leviticus‬ ‭19‬:‭18‬ NLT)

  • As a Christian representative of JRC, if sin isn’t addressed it can become a sin against the church because it affects the reputation of the church.

Step 2 – Take one or two others – and address your brother/sister in kindness (creating positive peer pressure).
Step 3 – Take the case to the church – for the pastor or staff to get involved.
Step 4 – Have nothing to do with that individual (ousted from the community). It has now become an issue of infection and contamination by a hard-hearted, rebellious individual. Don’t let sin and a known lack of action spread amongst the attitudes and hearts of those within the community

1 Cor. 5:2-5 – You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship. Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭2-5‬ NLT) ((He is still a Christian…)

2 Thes. 3:14-15Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter. Stay away from them so they will be ashamed. Don’t think of them as enemies, but warn them as you would a brother or sister. — with  kindness..  (‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭3‬:‭14-15‬ NLT)

1 Tim 1:19-20Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God. (‭1 Timothy‬ ‭1‬:‭19-20‬ NLT)

Prov 19:11 – Sensible people control their temper; they earn respect by overlooking wrongs. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭19‬:‭11‬ NLT)

  • Staying within Christ protects one from the attacks of Satan
  • Obedience allows one to join in community and share the strength of the Christian community.

2 Cor. 2:5-7I am not overstating it when I say that the man who caused all the trouble hurt all of you more than he hurt me. Most of you opposed him, and that was punishment enough. Now, however, it is time to forgive and comfort him. Otherwise he may be overcome by discouragement. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭2‬:‭5-7‬ NLT)

  • There is no joy in dealing with those who have caused pain to themselves or the community.
  • If there is a time of punishment, and repentance takes place, there should come a time of restoration.
  • There can be a very joyful side to church discipline (if it followed through to its conclusion).

Dealing with Correction:

1. Overlooking sin is not gracious but dangerous.
2. Dealing with sinful situations should not be punitive, but restorative.
3. Living in open disregard of God’s principles removes us  from the umbrella of His blesssing..

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