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Co-Workers for Joy

Jan 29, 2023    Ritchie Johnson

2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11 | Co-Workers for Joy

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Slides:


Matthew 18:15-17

"If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 "But if he does not listen [to you,] take one or two more with you, so that BY THE MOUTH OF TWO OR THREE WITNESSES EVERY FACT MAY BE CONFIRMED. 17 "If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.


1 Corinthians 5:1-5

It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father's wife. 2 You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst. 3 For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 [I have decided] to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh…


Questions on church discipline: What is the goal of church discipline?


Matthew 18:15(b)

if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 


1 Corinthians 5:5

[I have decided] to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 


Questions on church discipline: How public should church discipline be?


1 Timothy 5:19-20

Do not receive an accusation against an elder except on the basis of two or three witnesses. 20 Those who continue in sin, rebuke in the presence of all, so that the rest also will be fearful [of sinning.]


Questions on church discipline: What sins should be subject to church discipline?


1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor [the] covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 


Galatians 5:19-21

Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21 envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Titus 3:10-11

Reject a factious man after a first and second warning, 11 knowing that such a man is perverted and is sinning, being self-condemned.


Questions on church discipline: What sins should be subject to church discipline?

- Habitual sin patterns that may indicate a lack of salvation.

- Habitual sin patterns that threaten the health of the entire local body.


Luke 17:3

"Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him.


What kind of person do you want to be? What kind of church do we want to be? A church of…

- Legalism?

- License?

- Or Love?