June 16, 1985
As God our Father takes sin seriously, and as parents respond seriously when their children are in danger, so too must local churches confront ongoing sin in a member’s life. God’s Word calls us to do what is right rather than what is expedient, leading to growing self-discipline, mutual discipline, and careful, loving church discipline. Alistair Begg gives biblical examples and exhortation for implementing this neglected practice, which strengthens the fellowship and witness of believers.
15“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. 16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. 17If 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.
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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.