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1 Welcome to Worship Services Where Members are Always Appreciated And Visitors are Our Honored Guests

2 The Withdrawal of Fellowship We continue our Study of Church Discipline – Part 3 1. Covered a lot of material and today will mark the last in this series of lessons – not going to repeat it all – but there are CD’s available and the PowerPoint is on the Web Site. 2. This lesson will be very focused on the topic of what “The Withdrawal of Fellowship” constitutes. 3. We can not say enough times that the PURPOSE of such is to “RECLAIM and RESTORE” the erring brother or sister of us and the Lord. James 5:19-20

3 The Withdrawal of Fellowship as an enemy, but as a brother We are not to treat the one being disciplined – withdrawn from - as an enemy, but as a brother. that he may be ashamed. II Thessalonians 3:14-15 “ 14 And if any man obey not our word in this epistle, note that man and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother 15 Yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.

4 The Withdrawal of Fellowship TWO VERY IMPORTANT POINTS A.Therefore Discipline/Chastisement is an act of Love - Hebrews 12:6 “ 6 for whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." B. There will come a time when Discipline/Chastisement will no longer take place, but Punishment will begin for the impenitent individual. Revelation 20:11-15

5 The Withdrawal of Fellowship We have seen that the result of “repeated and un-repented of Sins ” is the withdrawal of Fellowship. For “ Personal Sins” it is to be taken before the Church for resolution. Matthew 18: "Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16 But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that `in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.' 17 And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church; but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican.

6 The Withdrawal of Fellowship Congregational Matters – I Corinthians 5: In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, I being there in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord Jesus 5. deliver such a one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord Jesus. not to keep company with any man who is called a brother With such a one you are not even to eat.” 11. “But I now have written unto you not to keep company with any man who is called a brother if he is a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner. With such a one you are not even to eat.”

7 The Withdrawal of Fellowship Titus 3:10 “ 10 If a man is a heretic, after the first and second admonition reject him,” (Instructions to the Congregation in Crete. 1:5) delivered unto Satanmay learn I Timothy 1:19-20 “ 19 holding faith and a good conscience which some, having put aside, have suffered shipwreck concerning faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.” ( Instructions regarding the congregation at Ephesus) 6 Now we command you, brethren that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother II Thessalonians 3:6 ” 6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother who walketh disorderly and not according to the tradition which he received from us.”

8 The Withdrawal of Fellowship fellowship What is this “fellowship” that is to be withdrawn? koinonia The Greek is – koinonia – (koi-non-ia) The essential meaning of the koinonia embraces concepts conveyed in the English terms such as community, communion, joint participation, sharing and intimacy. Koinonia can therefore refer in some contexts to a jointly contributed gift. [1] Thayer, Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, p [1] 19 times twelve timesthree times twice each The word appears 19 times in most editions of the Greek New Testament. In the New American Standard Bible, it is translated “fellowship” twelve times, “sharing” three times, and “participation” and “contribution” twice each. [2]New American Standard Bible [2]

9 The Withdrawal of Fellowship no single English word is adequate to express its depth and richness. The word has such a multitude of meanings that no single English word is adequate to express its depth and richness. It is a derivative of koinos, the word for common. Koinonia is a complex, rich, and thoroughly fascinating Greek approach to building community or teamwork. Koinonia is a complex, rich, and thoroughly fascinating Greek approach to building community or teamwork. In the New Testament, the basis of communion begins with a joining of Jesus with the community of the faithful. This union is also experienced in practical daily life.New TestamentJesus

10 The Withdrawal of Fellowship The same bonds that link the individual to Jesus also link him or her with other faithful members of His Church. The New Testament letters describe those bonds as so vital and genuine that a deep level of intimacy can be experienced among the members of a local church. [2] Richards, Expository Dictionary of Bible Words, p [2] koinonia The first usage of koinonia in the Greek New Testament is found in Acts 2:42-47, where we read a striking description of the common life shared by the early Christian believers in Jerusalem: to the communion, to the breaking of bread and to prayer..All the believers were together and had everything in common. need…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” “ They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the communion, to the breaking of bread and to prayer...All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need…They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.” Robinson, “Communion; Fellowship,” in Bromiley, The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, pp

11 The Withdrawal of Fellowship is sharing, companionship, participation, partnership, communication So “fellowship” – koi-non-ia - is sharing, companionship, participation, partnership, communication with those of like precious faith and service to our Lord and with our Lord. this fellowship – “ koi-non-ia ” - Therefore it is this fellowship – “ koi-non-ia ” - which we withdraw from an erring, impenitent brother or sister in Christ, one that is part of the congregation. And to keep the rest of the congregation pure from such sinful acts by setting the example and warning before them – Acts 5:1-11 & I Corinthians 5:7

12 The Withdrawal of Fellowship Paul instructs – rebuke before allothers also may fear 20 Those who sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I Timothy 5:20 it is a Public action Therefore when it comes to this level - it is a Public action - before the whole congregation that it takes place.

13 The Withdrawal of Fellowship So it is withdrawal from, separate from: II Thessalonians 3:6 1. Telling it to the Church – Matthew 18:17 – I Corinthians 5 2.“ Mark -Avoid” – “Turn away from” Romans 16:17 3. “Note – have no company with – II Thessalonians 3:14 4.“ Not keeping company” with the one, I Corinthians 5:9-12, II Thessalonians 3: “Refuse” Titus 3:10 6. “ Do not eat with - I Corinthians 5:11 7.“ Put away” - I Corinthians 5:13 8.“deliver to Satan” – I Corinthians 5:5, I Timothy 1:20 9. Koi-non-ia has been withdrawn

14 The Withdrawal of Fellowship One other point we have not cover yet - The False Teacher bringing False Doctrine II John1: Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ hath both the Father and the Son. 10 If there come any unto you and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him Godspeed; 11 for he that biddeth him Godspeed is a partaker of his evil deeds. Romans 16:17 17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them.

15 The Withdrawal of Fellowship Will an individual be able to attend the Worship services? o They are open to the Public and we can not and will not bar them from attending - we have no scripture authorizing us to do so. o However, they will not be used in a Public way i.e. song leading, reading, praying, serving, teaching, preaching, etc.

16 The Withdrawal of Fellowship Will they be barred from partaking of the Communion ? o Again, we have no scripture allowing us to bar anyone from taking the communion. o However, the Scripture plainly teaches the we are to examine “ourselves” when doing so and if we are not in a “correct fellowship”, sinning willfully, continually, in a non- repentant manner, then we are condemning ourselves – we don’t need anyone else's help. I Corinthians 11:28

17 The Withdrawal of Fellowship How should a Family member treat another Family member that has been withdrawn from? Let me say this- the Bible doesn’t address this question as such – There are family duties of husband and wife to each other - I Corinthians 7:12-13 and I Peter 3:1-6, even Ephesians 5: Children are to obey their Parents – Ephesians 6:1-3 But it would be important to Pray for that family member and encourage them to get their life right with the Lord and the Church.

18 The Withdrawal of Fellowship Can a person be dis-fellowshipped for not attending the services? Hebrews 10:25-26 Several views on this question – If a person has left - how and why dis-fellowship? Some would contend that since they left - dis-fellowship serves no purpose - I guess we don’t want to get them back – we don’t care if others follow their example?????? o First – the Congregation has failed in and of themselves if they have waited so long to do anything about it that no one knows where that wayward member is at. o That means others in the congregation are seeing and adapting to the idea that failure to attend is alright – no one is going to do anything about such.

19 The Withdrawal of Fellowship There are various and numerous reasons that are given that “withdrawal of fellowship” should not be “administered, undertaken, practiced, etc. II Thessalonians 3:6 – we are commanded to do so. None of them are Biblical reasons – because we have seen in these past lessons all the reasons that the Bible states, no COMMANDS, that this should take place. II Thessalonians 3:6 – we are commanded to do so. To not do so is to DISOBEY GOD. That is a sin in and of itself. I John 3:4

20 The Withdrawal of Fellowship So How does one “make it right” with the Lord and the Church and what are we to do toward them? “wayward child” I John 1:9 states the condition for what the “wayward child” of God is to do to be forgiven. “ If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Paul says that the one referred to in I Corinthians 5 did that very thing he repented because of what took place – Church Discipline II Corinthians 2:3-8

21 The Withdrawal of Fellowship 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears, not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly for you. II Corinthians 2:3-8 “ 3 And I wrote as I did unto you lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from those of whom I ought to rejoice, having confidence in you all that my joy is the joy of you all. 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears, not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly for you. 6 Sufficient to such a man is this censure, which was inflicted by many forgive him and comfort him 8 Therefore I beseech you that you would confirm your love toward him 5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part" that I may not overburden you all. 6 Sufficient to such a man is this censure, which was inflicted by many, 7 so that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8 Therefore I beseech you that you would confirm your love toward him. 9 For to this end also did I write, that I might have proof from you, whether ye be obedient in all things. A Soul has been Reclaimed and Restored.

22 The Withdrawal of Fellowship Action taken - Matthew 18:15-17, I Corinthians 5:5- 7,11, II Thessalonians 3:14-15, I Timothy 5:20, etc. Purpose – to Reclaim and Restore the erring member and purify the Congregation - James 5: Fellowship – Defined and answered Questions about Withdrawal. What happens in the end? Prayerfully, hopefully, the Lost One is reclaimed – restored.

23 The Withdrawal of Fellowship Let us remember this when we must practice this act as a congregation – It is commanded on God – II Thessalonians 3:6 A.Discipline/Chastisement is an act of Love Hebrews 12:6 B. We are attempting to Reclaim and Restore the erring back to the fold. James 5:19-20 C. There will come a time when Discipline/Chastisement will no longer take place, but Punishment will begin for the impenitent individual. Revelation 20:11-15

24 What Must You Do to Be Saved? HEAR the Message of Christ - ROMANS 10:17 BELIEVE that Message - MARK 16:16 JOHN 8:24 REPENT of your Sins - LUKE 13:3 ACTS 2:38 CONFESS Christ as Lord ROMANS 10:10 ACTS 8:37-38 Be Baptized ACTS 2:38, 22:16, GALATIANS 3:27 Remain Faithful Revelation 2:10


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