2 Conclusion of Many Evidence says it will work God’s ways work Instructive (Ephesians 4:11-16; 2 Timothy 2:2)Corrective (1 Corinthians 5:11; 2 Thessalonians 3:6)Does God fail?
3 Important Subject Scope and purpose of discipline Save a soul (James 5:19, 20)Keep the church pure (Ephesians 5:27)What is the problem then?Valid objections?Other reasons?
4 Whole Process Not Followed Recall preventive disciplineTraining, education, etc (Ephesians 6:4; 2 Timothy 3:16, 17)Ranges from encouragement to rebuke
5 Whole Process Not Followed Ignored by some churchesTeaching program nonexistentHaphazard choice of subject and contentEdification is essential (Ephesians 4:11-16)
6 Whole Process Not Followed Will discipline work?Yes, if we edify the membersYes, if we take advantage of opportunities to be edified
7 Not Always Done Out of Love God chastens those He lovesMotive: Love (Hebrews 12:6)Cannot have “sin in the camp”
8 Not Always Done Out of Love PartialityConcerning elders (1 Timothy 5:21)In general (James 2:1-4)God is impartial (Romans 2:6-11)
9 Not Always Done Out of Love DelayFor many reasonsDelay is detrimental (Ecclesiastes 8:11)Speedy action needed at times (Jude 23)
10 Not Always Done Out of Love Will discipline work?Yes, if we love one another (1 Peter 1:22)Yes, if love is the motivation
11 Faulty Relationships Consider the action required We are not to eat with such as person (1 Corinthians 5:11)We are to reject them (Titus 3:10)Mark and avoid them (Romans 16:17, 18)Withdraw ourselves from them (2 Thessalonians 3:6, 14)
12 Faulty Relationships Here’s the problem No company with one another anywayOur friends are in the world (1 Corinthians 15:33)What association will they miss?
13 Faulty Relationships Will discipline work? Yes, if we will draw closer to one another (Acts 2:46)Discipline would be more effective
14 Failure To Work God’s Plan Many excusesWhere do we start?We might make someone madThey might quit comingIt does more harm than good
15 Failure To Work God’s Plan God’s plan must be followedTrue with reference to redemptionTrue with reference to the churchWhy is this an exception in some minds?
16 Failure To Work God’s Plan Will discipline work?Yes, if we have enough faith in God’s planShall we question His wisdom?
17 Conclusion We are losing too many God has a plan Will we work the plan?