What hope can believers have, when they are under God's discipline for their sin? Psalm 106 prepares us for the opening portion of public worship on the Lord's Day. In these forty-eight verses of Holy Scripture, the Holy Spirit teaches us that, when believers are under discipline for their sin, they can hope in the God Who has made history into a stunning display of His patience, saving power, and forgiving mercy to sinners like them.
Church Discipline Principles [0:00]
Understanding the goal: Restoration, not exclusion.
Personal discipline and resolving conflicts one-on-one.
Matthew 18:15-22 [29:01]
Step 1: Personal confrontation for reconciliation.
Step 2: Involving two or three witnesses for clarity.
Emphasizing the goal of gaining a brother, not punishment.
Paul transitions from the Corinthian church's being 'puffed up' toward one another and even toward him to their being 'puffed' up in their tolerating public, unrepentant sin. So he calls the church to exercise corrective church discipline for the purity and reputation of the church and for the eternal soul of the unrepentant sinner. And Paul uses symbolism and application from Passover to encourage the brethren (and us) in their corporate and individual sanctification founded on "Christ as our Passover, sacrificed for us."
Communion Meditation of 1 Corinthians 5:1-8 — Christ Our Passover
I. Sin (vv1-2) [Sexual Sin]
II. Discipline (vv3-5) [Church Discipline]
III. Sanctification (vv6-7) [Corporate and Personal Sanctification]
IV. Sacrifice (vv7-8) [Christ our Passover, Sacrificed for Us, Celebrated by Us]
In chapter 7 you will learn the importance of have a daily devotional life with God for developing intimacy with Him. It is important that we spend time with God alone in our secret place. That is where we can share our heart and soul with Him.
In chapter 8, you will learn why it is important to have God's Word in your life and heart. To be a Godly woman you need to be in God's Word. You need to have time with God alone, so that God can speak to you through His Word.
It's no secret that everyone suffers. However, believers sometimes suffer because of poor choices and sin. Typically, punishment and consequences are viewed as discouraging because it's unenjoyable. In Amos 4, God uses Amos to speak His words of discipline towards the Jews. When you read this passage, you could view God as unloving and cruel, we could even say that in our own lives. Is God loveless in his discipline? Is God void of care when He punishes those that claim to love Him? Come dive into God's Word with Pastor Patrick Cross as he discusses the importance of discipline and it's purpose.
Webster defines 'fear' as the 'distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, or pain.' Who or what we fear control what we do in life. As believers in Jesus Christ we are to 'conduct ourselves in fear.' Fear of who or what? Many today live in the fear of man. What others think or do controls them. But the fear of man is a trap for it does not produce the intended results. As believers we are to live in the fear of the Lord. Theologians define it as 'reverential trust or awe.' But is the fear of the Lord more than that? Have we taken the fear out of the fear of the Lord? Peter says we shouuld be a little bit of afraid of God for two reasons. First,, as our heavenly Father who loves us He will also discipline us. He does so that we might partake in His holiness. And secondly, as an impartial judge, God will hold us accountable for our words and actions. One day we will give an account to the Lord for the things we've said and done. That in an d of itself should make us a little fearful. Not afraid of losing our salvation, but rather afraid of losing our rewards should move us to live in the fear of the Lord!