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Discipline Won’t Work (2 Corinthians 2:1-11). Conclusion of Many Evidence says it will work Evidence says it will work God’s ways work God’s ways work.

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1 Discipline Won’t Work (2 Corinthians 2:1-11)

2 Conclusion of Many Evidence says it will work Evidence says it will work God’s ways work God’s ways work Instructive (Ephesians 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 2:2) Instructive (Ephesians 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 2:2) Corrective (1 Corinthians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6) Corrective (1 Corinthians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6) Does God fail? Does God fail?

3 Important Subject Scope and purpose of discipline Scope and purpose of discipline Save a soul (James 5:19, 20) Save a soul (James 5:19, 20) Keep the church pure (Ephesians 5:27) Keep the church pure (Ephesians 5:27) What is the problem then? What is the problem then? Valid objections? Valid objections? Other reasons? Other reasons?

4 Whole Process Not Followed Recall preventive discipline Recall preventive discipline Training, education, etc. (Ephesians 6:4; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17) Training, education, etc. (Ephesians 6:4; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17) Ranges from encouragement to rebuke Ranges from encouragement to rebuke

5 Whole Process Not Followed Ignored by some churches Teaching program nonexistent Haphazard choice of subject and content Edification is essential (Ephesians 4:11-16)

6 Will discipline work? Will discipline work? Yes, if we edify the members Yes, if we edify the members Yes, if we take advantage of opportunities to be edified Yes, if we take advantage of opportunities to be edified

7 Not Always Done Out of Love God chastens those He loves God chastens those He loves Motive: Love (Hebrews 12:6) Motive: Love (Hebrews 12:6) Cannot have “sin in the camp” Cannot have “sin in the camp”

8 Not Always Done Out of Love Partiality Concerning elders (1 Timothy 5:21) In general (James 2:1-4) God is impartial (Romans 2:6-11)

9 Delay Delay For many reasons For many reasons Delay is detrimental (Ecclesiastes 8:11) Delay is detrimental (Ecclesiastes 8:11) Speedy action needed at times (Jude 23) Speedy action needed at times (Jude 23)

10 Not Always Done Out of Love Will discipline work? Will discipline work? Yes, if we love one another (1 Peter 1:22) Yes, if we love one another (1 Peter 1:22) Yes, if love is the motivation Yes, if love is the motivation

11 Faulty Relationships Consider the action required Consider the action required We are not to eat with such as person (1 Corinthians 5:11) We are not to eat with such as person (1 Corinthians 5:11) We are to reject them (Titus 3:10) We are to reject them (Titus 3:10) Mark and avoid them (Romans 16:17, 18) Mark and avoid them (Romans 16:17, 18) Withdraw ourselves from them (2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14) Withdraw ourselves from them (2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14)

12 Faulty Relationships Here’s the problem Here’s the problem No company with one another anyway No company with one another anyway Our friends are in the world (1 Corinthians 15:33) Our friends are in the world (1 Corinthians 15:33) What association will they miss? What association will they miss?

13 Faulty Relationships Will discipline work? Will discipline work? Yes, if we will draw closer to one another (Acts 2:46) Yes, if we will draw closer to one another (Acts 2:46) Discipline would be more effective Discipline would be more effective

14 Failure To Work God’s Plan Many excuses Many excuses Where do we start? Where do we start? We might make someone mad We might make someone mad They might quit coming They might quit coming It does more harm than good It does more harm than good

15 Failure To Work God’s Plan God’s plan must be followed True with reference to redemption True with reference to the church Why is this an exception in some minds?

16 Will discipline work? Will discipline work? Yes, if we have enough faith in God’s plan Yes, if we have enough faith in God’s plan Shall we question His wisdom? Shall we question His wisdom?

17 Conclusion We are losing too many God has a plan Will we work the plan?


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