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WHAT SHALL SEPARATE US FROM THE LOVE OF GOD… “IF GOD BE FOR US WHO CAN BE AGAINST US?”

“A BIBLICAL LOOK AT THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT CAUSE THE LOCAL CHURCH TO BE DESTROYED”

Intro.

1.  Churches in NT experienced tremendous tests of faith. Some persevered when tested; others faltered (Rev 2:9-10; 3:15-17).

2.  Just as each Christian must face trials of faith, churches will, too (Jas 1:2-4).

3.  Having studied things which can destroy a local church, turn attention to things that should not destroy a local church.

I.  THINGS THAT SHOULD NOT DESTROY A LOCAL CHURCH.

A.  Persecution for the Sake of Righteousness.

1.  Galvanizing and cleansing effect (Could use today), Acts 5:40-42; 6:1, 7; 8:1, 4.

2.  Tribulation, suffering, prison, death – Crown, overcome, not hurt, Rev 2:9-11.

3.  Strengthened in persecution, 1 Pet 5:10.

B.  Being in the Minority and/or Isolated from Faithful Brethren.

1.  Christians always minority, Matt 7:14 (Lk 13:24).

2.  Lord stands by us – Enough, 2 Tim 4:16-18.

3.  Even where Satan’s throne is, we can be strong, cf. Rev 2:13 (Rom 8:31, 28).

C.  Sin Problems (When Solved with/by the Word of God).

1.  Unrepentant sin. Discipline, to protect the church and save sinner, Acts 5:5, 11, 13-14 (1 Cor 5:5-7).

2.  Murmurings, Acts 6:1-6. Apply truth and solve the problem.

3.  Disputes over truth, Acts 15:1-2. Establish truth (15:24-29), preach it only (15:30-35), turn away from those who teach error (Rom 16:17).

D.  Being Sound in the Faith.

1.  Some no longer like such designations (“tradition”) – Want to be “progressive”, “on the move” and “exciting” – Euphemisms for not be content with sound doc­trine.

2.  Timothy – Titus: Sound doctrine, words, speech, faith – “Healthy, wholesome, uncorrupt.”

3.  Charged to remain “sound”; words of Jesus Christ, 1 Tim 1:3; 6:3; 2 Tim 1:13.

4.  Soundness in the faith is required, Titus 1:13.

5.  Those wanting soundness will still obey the gospel, Acts 5:13-14.

E.  Financial Distresses (Poverty).

1.  Poor, yet rich in faith, Rev 2:9.

2.  Lord supplies needs – First give ourselves to Him, 2 Cor 9:6-11 (8:1-2, 5).

a.  May lose building and property.

b.  Preacher support (other churches).

c.  A matter of trusting the Lord! Money must never be the measure of success or failure of any church of Christ.

II.  WHAT WE MUST HAVE TO PREVENT THE DESTRUCTION OF THIS LOCAL CHURCH.

A.  Submission to Divine Authority, Col 3:17.

1.  Divine pattern for doctrine, worship, work, etc. must be faithfully followed.

2.  Departure means destruction.

B.  Devotion to Christ and His Truth in our Daily Lives, Lk 9:23 (Jno 8:31).

1.  Christ must live in us, Gal 2:20.

2.  His gospel must direct us, Jas 1:22.

C.  Submission to One Another, Eph 5:20-21; Phil 2:1-4.

-Humble service and deference to each other strengthens the bonds of love and unity.

D.  Bear Good Fruit, Rev 3:15-16.

1.  Fruit is individual, Jno 15:2.

2.  It can also be congregational, Phil 4:14-18.

a.  Spread word, edify, aid needy saints.

b.  Fellowship those doing God’s work.

3.  Fruitful in work, confident of entering heaven, 2 Pet 1:5-11.

Conclusion

1.  How important is this church to you?  Is it im­portant enough to allow nothing to disrupt its fellowship with Christ, its unity and its usefulness to God?

2.  If so, respect divine authority, devote yourself to Christ and bear fruit.

3.  Then, nothing will destroy this church

 
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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN GOD’S PEOPLE IGNORE CHURCH DISCIPLINE?

“WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES WHEN SIN IS IN THE CAMP”

1 Corinthians 5

Intro.

1.     Eph. 5:25-27 – The purity of the church is the result of being cleansed by the blood of Jesus. We are to be holy & without blemish (through Christ).

2.     Church at Corinth not grounded in this truth, so much impurity within it.

3.     1 Cor. 5-6 – Addresses moral impurity & the church’s attitude toward unrepented sin in the lives of its members.

I.  WHEN OPEN SIN IN THE LIVES OF CHRISTIANS IS IGNORED, THE CHURCH BECOMES GUILTY OF SIN5:1-2, 6.  (Problem in l Cor. 5 is not only fornication, but also the congregation’s toleration of sin!)

A.    Congregations Can Become Guilty Of Sin!

1.     5:1 – Fornication among you.

a. Type that repulsed immoral Gentiles (with step-mother).

b. 2 Cor. 7:12 – The father was still living.

c. Either married or living with step-mother.

2.     Problem: They were tolerating this sin!

3.     Congregations & sin (cf. Rev. 2:4-5; 3:16, 19).  Unless repentance, lose fellowship with Christ!  (2 Cor. 7:10-11 – They did repent!)

B.        Toleration of Sin in a Church Produces Arrogance5:2, 6.

1.     Hard to imagine!

a. Perhaps due to the notion that they had wisdom (3:18), or had many spiritual gifts (1:7), considered themselves a great church (unaffected by this sin).

b. Perhaps they said:  “This is a private matter – none of our business.”

2.     Sin is deceitful & hardens hearts Heb. 3:12-13.

3.     They should have mourned (grieved) – 5:2.

a. Word describes one’s sorrow over death.

b. One’s spiritual demise should produce grief!

c. Not a passive grief — It leads to a corres­ponding action!

4.     The removal of the wicked person from the congregation – 5:2.

a. Implied:  Man would not repent.

b. Stated:  Church had an arrogant attitude.

c. Need:  Correct attitude & take needed action!

d. Discipline is not enacted out of revenge or hatredgrief over sin!

II.    THE ACTION OF CHURCH DISCIPLINE AGAINST SIN 5:3-5, 9-13.

A.    Such Action Is Not Unloving or Wrong – It Is Entirely Appropriate5:3.

1.     Church discipline does not “judge” thoughts & intentions, it judges (disciplines) actions!  Therefore, Paul (though absent) could judge in the matter (having the facts – credible testimony – before him, 5:1).

2.     We must not refuse/criticize authorized action against sin!

3.     Discipline is both congregational (5:4) & individual (5:11) in nature.

B.        Congregational Action – 5:4-5.

1.     5:4“Ye being gathered together” – This is during an assembly.

-With Christ’s authority!  (Divine power & apostle’s endorsement)

2.     5:5“Deliver…unto Satan…”

a. Identify him with the one he is serving.

1)     cf. Rom. 16:17 – “Mark” – Take note, behold.

2)     5:13Put away from among yourselves the evil person.”

b. We will see the reasons for this action in a moment.

C.    Individual Action – 5:9-11.  (Social isolation)

1.     5:9, 11“Not to keep company with.”

–No “mixing together” – No social contact with the offending party.

2.     5:11“Not even to eat” – Implies condoning, approving of the person’s sin (cf. 2 Jno. 10-11).

3.     2 Ths. 3:14“Note” (congregational); “do not keep company with” (individual).

4.     This is a commandment of God!  Therefore, violation warrants discipline!

III.   THE PURPOSES OF CHURCH DISCIPLINE AGAINST SIN 5:3-8.

A.    Destroy the Flesh5:5.

Destroy the flesh as dominate force in his life – Rom. 8:5-8; Gal. 5:24 (cf. l Tim. 1:20 – Might once more be led by the Spirit).

B.        To Save the Soul5:5.  (By repentance – Acts 8:22)

1.     Purpose is to save, not to condemn!

a. Cause shame for sin – 2 Ths. 3:14.

b. Not an enemybrother who needs to be admonished! – 2 Ths. 3:15.

C.    Protect the Church From Sin – 5:6-8.

1.     Toleration of evil increases sin!  (Leaven)

a. Moral standards are lowered.

b. To tolerate sin is to bear responsibility – Rom. 1:32 (Acts 20:26-27).

c. Others are influenced to sin (cf. Rom. 16:18).

2.     Purge out from the congregation the disposition to tolerate sin (& the sin itself) – 5:7!  (Purity illustrated by using the Passoverno leaven!)

3.     Christian life is to be purged from sin! 5:8

Conclusion

1.     Acts 5:1-11 – God’s attitude toward sin in His church!  (5:11)

2.     1 Cor. 5 – God’s attitude toward tolerating sin in the church!  Discipline it!

3.     Correctly applied discipline works! – 2 Cor. 2:6-8; 7:9-11

 
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