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Matthew 18:15-22

November 12th 2017



Intro – Jesus is giving us instructions on how we should operate under the new covenant of grace. The church (rather than the temple priest) would now be the organization that Christ would operate through. The church is all true believers. When we gather together we should operate the way Jesus tells us to.


I. How do we deal with sin in the church?

A. We must first understand what sin is.

1. Immoral actions, breaking the commandments. Gal.5:19-21, 1Cor.6:9-10

2. False teaching. Mt.7:15, Acts 20:28-30, 1Tim.1:3

B. Confront the person sinning personally. 15

C. Confirm the facts through witnesses.   16

D. Convey the facts to the church.   17


II. We must take action against the sin.

A. End fellowship with the unrepentant person. (17b)

B. The purpose for this is 2-fold.

1. To reveal the seriousness of the sin. Rom.16:17, 1Cor.5:11, 2Thess.3:6, Titus 3:9-11

2. To keep the church pure in its teachings. 2Cor.11:2-3, Eph.5:25-27, Col.1:18, 22.

C. God works through His word in the church. 18-20  2Pet.1:20, 1Tim.6:3, 1Cor.1:10


III. Restore the repentant brother to fellowship.

A. Restoration is the goal of church discipline. 2Thess.3:14-15

B. 7 x 70, forgiveness is the responsibility of every believer. Matt.6:14-15,


Con. As a church we have certain responsibilities to carry out. Carrying out those responsibilities will bring God’s blessing on us as a church. We must call out sin and at the same time be willing to forgive.

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