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11 Aug 2019

Go And Tell Him His Fault [Matthew 18:15-20]

Overview

The way the world deals with conflict is either to take revenge or to walk away.  But God's people are called to a higher ethic- we are to confront our offenders about their sin. Not in bitterness or in a vengeful spirit, but in a spirit of gentleness and love. We are to love one another and to restore one another from ongoing sin. Jesus gave very specific steps as to how we should speak to a brother regarding a fault. Discover from this sermon exactly what steps you are to take and also the helpful tips that will make this process a God-honouring one. May God give us the grace to obey in love, so that the holy witness of His church will shine bright in a sin-filled world.


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Matthew 18 tells us about the principles of the kingdom, they are often counter cultural, they are different from the way the world lives and we are continuing our study of this upside down kingdom therefore. There are a few things that are very difficult for me in my life, it may differ from yours. But I find it difficult to make small talk, I find it difficult to eat raisins, I find it difficult jog in order to lose weight and one thing I find very difficult is to tell people their sins or their errors. Perhaps it's because I do not want to hurt them, perhaps it's because I fear that I may come across as being judgemental, perhaps it's because I just don't like confrontation. So, I don't like to tell people about what they have done wrong, even if I see it.

However, in the text before us today, God does not give us an option to cop out here. He says in Matthew 18 in verse 15, if your brother, that is someone in the faith, a brethren in the church, he sins against you, go and tell him his fault. Now we all know how important it is to tell people their fault in order that they may change. I do that actually a lot with my kids, I regularly tell my two boys what they've done wrong, gone wrong, so that they will not continue to do wrong. But I find it so hard to tell this to my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, I find it hard to tell it to adults, people are not quite like my children.

But Jesus tells us to do that so maybe you are like me, you find it uncomfortable, you find it difficult, let's learn why it is so important for Christians to do so in His Kingdom. Jesus tells us, it's so important because if he listens to you, you have gained your brother. This is a rescue mission this is a recovery process. When someone lives in sin and if you love him, you wouldn't want to want him to keep on sinning. So it is good, it is right, it is loving to go and tell him his fault, so that you may rescue him, gain him, recover him and prevent him from going deeper into his sins.

Now, hopefully, prayerfully, the brother whom you have approached, is humble enough and has this desire to please God that he would say, I'm sorry, that was wrong, I will repent, that will be great. But we all know that in life it's not always so simple, so the Bible, Jesus does tell us that if they do not listen it may escalate to such a degree is spoken in Matthew 18 verse 17, if 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. A Gentile and a tax collector is a way of saying this person is not part of the Kingdom of God, a Gentile and a tax collector is a way of saying this person does not belong to the faith, at least the way he lives is incompatible with his profession of faith that he belongs to God. So Jesus is saying, take this seriously.

If you notice someone around you have committed sin, go tell him, so that you may recover him. But if he doesn't listen, it might go all the way to what we call excommunication. Wow it's a big word, well, it simply means put out of community, ex is out communication or community is that process when someone who used to be part of the church membership is now declared not part of the church membership, he's put under church discipline he's placed out of the fellowship of God's people.

So this sermon is technical, so let me say up front, if you're hoping for an encouraging and inspiring message, maybe this is not it, but this is necessary information. This is necessary doctrine for the people of God and for the church of Jesus Christ. So this is a technical message to explain what does it mean and what does it take for us to go and tell our brothers his fault. In a sense, this is a repeat, we have looked at this subject about a year and 1/2 ago in our sermon series on healthy church but we are going to focus a lot on what Jesus said in Matthew 18.

So being technical I'm going to give you three things. Number one, what is the purpose of church discipline. Number two, what is the procedure to church discipline. And number three what are the principles for church discipline, alright. I hope it will be helpful to you, even though it's a bit challenging in the technical aspect.

So number one what's the purpose of church discipline. Why do we go and tell our brother with sin against us his fault. Many times we think that when someone offends us we got to go and tell him his fault so that he will say sorry to me, isn't it ? Ah, ah, you did this to me, I want you to pay for it, I want you to say sorry, so I go and tell you your problem. However, that's not what Jesus said Jesus did not say that you go and tell your brother his fault in order to get even, to get revenge or in order to get him kicked out of church, you know that might take place if he doesn't repent he might actually be kicked out of church, but that's not the reason why you do it.

A story is told of a pastor who had a conflict with his worship leader and he was preaching a sermon on encouraging the people of God to get up and to serve. But the song leader after the service after the message, came up and said, we will sing our last song, I shall not be moved.

Alright next week, the pastor came up to preach another sermon and the sermon now is about giving, about giving your finances for the advancement of the kingdom. After the service, the worship leader again came up and said we shall sing our last song, Jesus paid it all. This guy, third sermon, he preached about gossip and how we not we should not gossip, and the song leader got up, after the sermon and said, we shall sing our last song, I love to tell the story. The next Sunday the pastor got up again and said, preached and then he said, you know, I've been feeling of stress and strain, I feel like I should resign from the church and the song leader got up and said this will be our last song O why not tonight.

You know, sometimes we hate someone so much you want to get rid of that person. That's why we think, oh, we need to go and tell him his fault because if he doesn't repent, good, the church will come and kick him out but that's not the purpose. We need to understand why, the reason as I've mentioned again is out of love that you want to gain your brother, this is what is so counter-cultural in the world when you're offended, people generally like to give an eye for an eye, a tooth for tooth, you cost me to be upset, I will do something to make you upset.

Maybe some people may go a step further in a sense of the right direction alright, I won't take revenge but I'll just keep away from you. I've seen this on social media I think it was last night, I was looking through Facebook and I saw a Christian post something like this, walk away from people who put you down walk away from fights that will never be resolved. Sounds good and I see a lot of people put like, like, like, like, like love, love, love, love, love, wah, great advise, great wisdom, I should have walked away from this, walk away from that. Now, it's I think better than taking revenge but it's not Biblical it's not what God wants. Because Jesus said if he sins against you, don't take revenge, don't walk away, but go tell him his fault. Why, because you love him, because you do not want to continue in sin, because you want to bring restoration and healing to his soul. So even though this sounds good, it's not Biblical.

So the Bible actually tells us, as Christians, brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, any sin, you who are spiritual, should restore him in a spirit of gentleness you see the upside down kingdom, Jesus has been teaching emphasizes how each and every child of God is super precious to Him. You remember that last week, each Christian is super precious to God and so we, as God's people have a responsibility at duty to be our brother's keeper to keep him from falling deeper into sin and we are to seek to restore and to do that we need a huge dose of humility, we need to do it with the spirit of gentleness. So I want you to be clear that when we talk about church discipline though the word discipline sounds fierce, we imagine your principal scary but actually the intention behind it must be love, it is for the good of the offender you don't go to him to tekan him, you go to him, to love him, that's the purpose I think that's the most important point.

Second thing we would like to explore in this church discipline is that of procedure. You need to know the steps to take, you, you need to have clear instructions how church discipline is to be done. I had the privilege on, was it Saturday when, when's the NDP, Friday I'm so forgetful, I had the privilege on Friday to be at our national day parade at the Padang I was graciously given some tickets and so I was excited, I've not been to NDP for a long while, maybe three decades so or more. So I was glad to be there, especially bringing my two boys along.

I thought it would not be difficult to go to NDP I mean it's at Padang, how complicated can it be so I, I had a ticket and they had a kind of a map of the Padang and some MRT stations of City Hall Raffles City, Bayfront and so my family and I we took a bus, we got as near as we could to City Hall we hope, but the bus driver stopped the somewhere near Rendezvous Hotel you roughly know where it is ah, so and NTUC Building and they said sorry we are not going further, road closures. So we got off there and it happened to be right beside Bencoolen MRT station, let's not walk let's take a train and I've been reading on the Internet on how the activities of NDP and so on will be at Bayfront I said let's go Bayfront downtown line at Bencoolen takes me straight to Bayfront MRT some of you shake your head, look at me, this idiot is he doesn't know where Singapore is or what.

Anyway, we took the MRT Bencoolen to Bayfront, got out, saw a lot of people, asked the MRT staff where is the NDP, he says just follow the crowd. So we followed the crowd lah, we followed, followed, followed , followed halfway, this is not right this is Marina Bay Sands and we asked another personnel, a, a security personnel where to go NDP they look at me, sir you're wrong place. This is too far from the NDP you need to go to Raffles city or City Hall I looked at him, I didn't quite believe.

I said okay, okay, then I went to check with another personnel just to be sure he says he yah, you're at the wrong place, City Hall or Raffles City. I said alright, so we are running a little late, so we got the tickets, got in the train and we headed for City Hall. So now I got to City Hall we got out of the train we walked up, then I saw a sign if you holding blue sector tickets you got to go to Raffles City. So got down to the train station again and went to Raffles City and my wife commented, do you know that in this short period of time we have gone to four MRT lines, downtown line, Circle line, North-South line and East-West line, you've gone all four except the NEL line alright and I said to myself, I wish I had clear instructions, I didn't have them, I couldn't find it on the ticket, we googled last night, couldn't, so we went lost. So now you know your pastor is cowardly, don't dare to confront and he's also quite blur and stupid, alright, comes direction.
So here we have clear instructions not to get to the NDP, but clear instructions as to church discipline. No one should be confused, it's technical, but it's clear. So Jesus gives us the map right here and there are four simple steps in this map with regards to church discipline. Number one if someone sins against you, you go and tell him his fault between you and him alone, step one. Now, if he listens to you, great, case closed, repentance is obtained sin is avoided, thank God. But not all cases turn out well, so there maybe a need to go to step two, you escalate the problem to taking one or two others along with you that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses. Again if he repents, case closed but if he doesn't then you go to step three, which is, you tell it to the church and hopefully with the intervention of the church, particularly the church leaders, the elders there will be repentance, but if not then you go to step four that you let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector, he is put out of the community of God's people.

So in short, these are the four steps to get to the Padang, not get to church discipline, talk to him alone, bring one or two witnesses, tell it to the church and ultimately excommunication. It is very important for you not to skip steps. Now some of you do mathematics, you are brilliant you're a genius, your working, you skip steps. But when it comes to church discipline you cannot skip steps. The first step as we've mentioned, is to go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. It is vital to do that, it's actually very wise to do that because you need to give the person maximal privacy and space to be able to repent you see if you were to bring a whole group of people I bring my whole CG, come and talk to you wah, the person's face, don't know where to put it you know very hard for him to back down, in Chinese we say xia bu liao tai, everybody is looking at you on the stage very hard for you to come down once you have boo booed there.

So it is wise that if someone has sinned against you keep it as quiet as you can go and tell him alone. Don't go around gossiping don't go around telling, eh, you know John did this to me, aiyah, what do you think, what do you think and you try to strengthen your position as if with a big gang you can intimidate John to repentance, nope, that doesn't work well. I've actually witnessed known cases in our church where the offended when skipping steps instead of following step one, he goes straight to speak with the pastor and I realized that when that has happened, the offender finds it very hard to repent and indeed may just quit on church altogether, go to another church because he says every time pastor sees me, he's going to look at me with that kind of eyes already.

Now you must understand the wisdom of following it step-by-step. It's giving the offender maximal opportunity and grace to repent, that's the goal now I want you to know that this is what every single Christian is responsible for, you realize that this is not telling your pastor to settle the difference for you, otherwise your pastor very bo yeng (busy). Every time there's a conflict he's called upon. Now he is called upon, the elders are called upon when you go to step three, but not initially at step one many issues by the grace of God could be settled at step one if we were to do it in a right spirit alright. So let me ask you, suppose you are not involved in that conflict but someone who has been offended comes to you and asks you and speaks with you about it, what should you do. So you are not involved in conflict but she's in your care group she's in your care group she comes and tells you all this problems what should you do eh, tell me more lah, wah nice details leh, I like, I love the juicy gossip man, tell, would you do that some of you laugh because that's what happened before is it.

So what should you do if someone tells you about a conflict well, I think the wise thing to do is to say before you tell me more, have you spoken with him or her about the issue privately. I think it's wise to remind people gently about not skipping steps and doing what Jesus has told us to do alright, I think that's wisdom. So if you go and tell him and he responds, you have gained your brother, case closed wonderful, praise be to God. That's what we should hope for every time that's what we should pray for when we approach our brother in sin.

Now as mentioned, it may not always turn out well, then you go to step two, you get one or two witnesses along and the purpose of getting one or two witnesses is not to strengthen your own case. So when you go to the brother who has sin against you, don't bring your mother or your wife or your kids, see all of them support me you are wrong I don't think that's the goal, the goal is to bring a kind of objectivity to the situation. You're trying to establish a charge, you are trying to get witnesses to fairly and justly, righteously, as best as they can to determine if what you are offended with is legitimate or not and if you are maybe blowing out of proportion, you're blowing, blown this situation out of proportion, they will tell you, maybe this is not the situation.

But if it is established that, he the offender has sinned then the person perhaps with this objective assessment will be more willing to repent. So it is not to strengthen your case but to establish each charge and again if he repents great if not step three, this is where you call for the church. In practice, it is likely to be very difficult for anyone of you to come and tell the church hard you could imagine that. So it will be most likely via the ministry of the elders as they gather together to listen to this situation, this charge and the elders on behalf of the church will resolve this and informed the church there after. Hopefully, this will cause repentance to take place, but again, if not, we come to excommunication where he is put out of the community.

Now, I remind you, the reason why church discipline is done is not because you love to see people in misery. The reason why church discipline is done is out of love. We want to see our brother not keep on sinning, we want to in a sense save his soul. First Corinthians 5 says you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. The idea here is that he may suffer being put out of the fellowship, he will suffer a loss of community, he would not have the same affirmation as a believer as he used to have, so that as he suffers in this, he may perhaps be like that prodigal son who knows his misery and will repent so that he may keep on following. So the whole intention and purpose is love, is to help him not to make him miserable per se.

Now we all know about HIV, human immunodeficiency virus, it's a virus that whacks and takes down the immunity system, the defense of the body. Once you have HIV advanced then your defenses are down. You get infections, diseases, cancers easily and the church is that organism that also requires some immunity. We need to defend if some parts of the body is not doing well there needs to be a willingness to cut it off, just as the Bible says, let him who has done this be from among you, don't let this person keep on being in this community because he may infect and affect the spiritual life of this church.

By the way in first Corinthians 5, I, I hope you will remember this sin that is spoken of is a serious sin. Apparently someone in the church has committed incest with his stepmother. Paul says this kind of sin is not even, even heard of amongst the unsaved, but it's right here in the church and you guys are not doing anything about it. Of course not, let him who has done this be removed from among you so that you can cleanse out the old leaven don't let this spread, affect you know when sin open sin is not dealt with, the people of God, see it as well, the leaders are not doing anything about it, the church is not doing anything about it. That means it's okay, and without you knowing it, it spreads, grievous sins will become the norm in the church of Jesus Christ.

So I'm writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or idolatry on he's a reviler, drunkard, swindler not even to eat with such a one so there is a clear removal of fellowship there's now a sudden awkwardness, there's no more affirmation that he is our brother, that's what excommunication looks like and it is necessary to protect the integrity, the holiness and the walk of the church, purge the evil person from you, keep away from any brother who is walking in idleness and not in accord with the tradition that you received from us and verse 14, if anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person and have nothing to do with him that he may be ashamed, all that because of love, let's get it very clear.

So when this person put out of fellowship should wake to his senses, repent and turn back then we should be very quick to reaffirm our love for him. We should be very quick to receive him back into fellowship, because that's what this whole church discipline process is for.

Now let me ask you when do you exercise church discipline, for every sin ? Suppose after service today, you go downstairs and you queue for lunch and then this guy, he just cuts right in front of you and you say brother, you've sinned against me, he turns to you and says, no, I did not sin against you, hah, okay, eh you two, you stand behind you two witnesses hah, first step ah, you two he cut or not, yah he cut. he sin or not, yah he sinned, see, we say you sin. No, I did not sin OK, never mind, Pastor, Pastor, come Pastor, so you get all the elders we stand one line, pastor, this man cut our queue, refused to admit we listen and say yah he cut queue, brother please repent, go behind. No, I don't want to hah, we chase him out of church, now does that sound right to you funny right you follow the steps but do we, do we excommunicate someone for cutting a queue.

Or maybe you are one of the traffic marshals out there, not easy job hot and everything, someone drives and because the car park is full, you tell him, please drive off and the person Wah, you get so upset, he offends you, you're upset because he's so rude, you say, eh, you come down, come down. Why you sin against me and then you start the whole process pastor go down to the front gate and excommunicate him do we do that for every single sin, probably not. Now don't get me wrong, every sin is serious before God He's absolutely holy, He's of purer eyes than to behold iniquity, but for the sake of church discipline, I think it is not to be trigger-happy, it's not to be imposing this for every situation.

For example, so I'm suggesting to you there must be a confluence of some principles before you practice church discipline. Number one I think it should be serious sins. For example in the list, we have seen in first Corinthians 5, it talks about some serious sins right. I mean it's not exhaustive, it's not comprehensive, but it does say, it does smell, it does speak of serious sins. And then another text, you may refer to a 2nd Timothy 3 that again gives you a list of sins like lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to parents and some of you may say, all this refers to the world no not quite I think it refers to people in church because if you look at the second last line there are people who have the appearance of godliness but deny its power.

But in any case, the point here is that these lists do hint that it is not about every triviality but it deals with serious sins alright.

A second factor I think that may be helpful is that you don't practice church discipline for sins that are in the heart, it must be outward sins. In other words, I look at you and say eh, you look covetous hah, how you tell you, wah, you look idolatrous wah anyhow shoot ah, wah I see that your intention is greed, what very hard so you don't go around judging people for their motives or intentions, you can't read them, so excommunication or church discipline is for I think outward sins, actions not motivations outward deeds, not inward thoughts. If it's inward thoughts none of you will be in church next Sunday. Church discipline deals with outward behaviors that would contaminate the rest of the people.

The last factor, what would it be serious sins, outward sins, very good, unrepentance sins, that's right because if someone has committed a grievous sin, but is repentant about it, there is no need for church discipline, you get that, it is only for those who refuse to listen, who refuse to turn, so unrepentant sins. Repentance is the goal so if you're already repentant, no need discipline, make sense.

Now some of you may say, pastor, how do you determine if it's serious outward unrepentant, who decides, who decides, you make a phone call God, this one I don't know the situation you tell us, leh do you do that, no. Who decides no one knows ah, then very difficult to exercise discipline. I think ultimately the church decides, hah, who gives you the right to decide? Jesus said for truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name there am I among them.

The last verse is a verse that you've heard of a lot of times right and when do you hear it? Usually you hear it in prayer meetings but I am, I am suggesting to you it is not about a prayer meeting, this is about church discipline. Jesus is saying that the authority is vested in the church, you don't have to wait for me to come down to tell you what is right or wrong. If two or three of you shall agree that is the judgment that will stand, I am in the midst of you. So I hope now don't get me wrong, I believe prayer meeting is precious. I think God is with us, individually and I believe God is delighted in a prayer meeting, but don't use this verse to be a justification for prayer meeting, this is a verse in the context of church discipline. So essentially if you have one or two witnesses, and the brother refuses to listen, then the ultimate authority is vested already in the church, especially the church leadership and that should be it alright.

So we have looked the purpose, we have looked at the procedure, the last thing I want to highlight is that of some friendly reminder, some principles alright some just tips as to how we should do this.

Now let me say this, this sermon is not a sermon for theory sake, it is sad that soon we, I believe as a church we are going to have a few cases where church discipline needs to be done. We have reached out to some brethren who we believe are living in sin and they have not wanted to repent and our heart aches for them we are sat, we are grieved but we do need to obey the Lord in practicing church discipline.

So what we are saying here is to arm you with the necessary Biblical understanding so that when that should happen, we would know how to respond to brethren like this. For example, when we should highlight the details of a case we are not going to give a lot of gossip juicy details that's not the goal. We will let you know about a certain kind of sin and we will urge the church to please be prayerful for the brother or the sister to turn back, but don't after the meeting with the members, eh, tell us more lah, what happened lah and you try to dig information because that hurts the family, that hurts the people that is involved.

So there are some principles I think we all need to be mindful of in church discipline, number one, I think it is important for each and every one of us to take that initiative because Jesus did not say wait for the brother to repent wait for the brother to come to you, but you go and tell him his fault, so you're not allowing him to live in that sin any longer than is necessary, and you're also not waiting for him to say sorry before you go to him you take that initiative.

In NDP, we have songs that are about how we can all do our part as a part for everyone, count on me Singapore and in a sense, in the church, there's a part for everyone dealing with sin, purging evil from amongst the congregation is a necessary duty for each and every Christian this is not something like oh I see a problem I tell pastor, I see a problem I tell pastor, you, you have to deal with it yourself, that's Biblical, you go and tell him his fault, so taking the initiative.

Number two, I think we need to do it in a very quiet way not too loud please. If you see a fault, don't need to broadcast it, no need to spread it around, no need to gossip, go and tell him privately as best as you can.

Number three, I think it's important to clarify your goal, tell him why you're speaking to him about this issue hey I, I realize that was what happened. I want you to know I'm speaking to you about it not because I'm angry, upset, bitter but because I love you and I want to see healing and holiness in the body of Christ, I want you to live in the joy that God wants you to have. So my goal is to gain you brother is to help you, my brother. I think it's very important to do that.

Number four, I think it's wise to check your facts, I see that as a principle exemplified in every charge be established. Sometimes we read situations wrongly, sometimes we interpret actions wrongly, so I think it's important to clarify why that is done or could I have misunderstood the situation, so clarify your facts and when it's necessary step up if needed, take one or two, tell it to the church, excommunicate if necessary.

Then, if I may say, lastly, do everything in gentleness and love. There's a way of being right and yet be wrong, there's a way of knowing what is the right thing to do and yet still do it wrongly because we do it with pride, arrogance, or with superiority complex. The Bible tells us that we are to do it in the spirit of gentleness, be as gentle as you can, be as loving as you can, tell it as factually as you can, tell it as firmly as you can but do it with humility, with gentleness and then, when the person repents be very quick to reaffirm your love for him. So I hope this will put our church in good stead in protecting the purity of his church here at Gospel Light.

Now, if you study books on church growth, people usually tell you have a big front door and have a very narrow back door, you know what that means. It means, welcome many people to church, but don't let too many people leave church, be very tight about it. Good for church growth makes sense right big front door, tight back door you get more and more people. However, in a sense I agree to that with regards to the seekers, but when it comes to membership I think it's actually quite the opposite, the membership meets in this congregation, but not all of you are part of the membership because not all are true followers of Jesus Christ as yet. When it comes to membership I think we should have a narrow front door and a wide back door because the purity of the church is that we must not hesitate to deal with people who are living in unrepentant sin, because you do not want it to spread in the church of Jesus Christ.

Some of you may then say, well, if you have such a philosophy, won't the church shrink, won't less and less people be in the membership and more and more people leave and when the church gets smaller and smaller and smaller. Well, when there is a healthy regard to holiness, something beyond our understanding takes place, in acts 5 we read of Ananias who lied against the church and against the Spirit, against God and immediately he fell down and died. And great fear came upon all, upon the people in church and people outside church Ananias lied, but his wife Sapphira also lied. She also died on the spot and great fear came upon the whole church and upon all who heard of these things, oh, the church is such a scary thing to be part of the church oh, God is so severe, so we may think that the church will shrink.

But just three verses later in verse 14, we read and more than ever believers were added to the Lord multitudes both men and women. You see, we think church growth is done men's way keep it popular, keep it light and easy, like the world, but really, if we are living like the world why would the world even come to church it's when the church is living a distinctive holy life that represents the holiness of God well that I think we will be attractional, that the people would know we are his people.

So I want to encourage Gospel Light we talk about the grace of God, the love of God, beautiful truths, we are not saved because we are holy but His grace makes us holy. You are thankful for all that but let us not neglect the aspect of living a holy life, be ye holy, for I am holy, says the Lord, let us be a church that does just that. Let's bow for a word of prayer together I want to appreciate you bearing through a technical sermon but I, I think these are unpleasant things actually, people don't like to talk about but they are absolutely helpful and necessary things. But most of all, let us not just be a church that preaches or listens to a sermon on church discipline, but let us be a church that will practice discipline in a Biblical loving, Christlike way when called upon.

It is inevitable that sin would rise in the body of believers here. But let us learn to deal with it well, deal with it in gentleness, deal with it in Biblical faithfulness would you pray for Gospel Light, would you pray for the church that we would be a holy people because that is what God desires. Perhaps even today, some of you are struggling in personal sin would you ask God this morning to cleanse your heart would you ask God today to humble you so that you will not keep on living in your sin and to all my dear friends who are here you do not know Jesus as yet I want to tell you that there is a Savior for your sin and that is Jesus Christ.

He came to give His life on the cross, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. God hates sin and He deals with it very severely. But this is the amazing grace of God, instead of dealing with you for your sins, if you believe in Jesus, Jesus has taken it all on the cross for you. Repent and believe that you might be saved.

Father, thank You for Your Word this morning, I pray that this will be helpful and I pray that we will be faithful to do Your will, as it's clearly spoken of in the Scriptures preserve this church O God. May we be a holy witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Once again we pray for brethren today who might be living in sin, soften our hearts, cause us to hunger for Your ways and to live in righteousness. We pray for seekers who are here with us bless them with repentance and faith. Lord, thank you we pray all this now in Jesus Name.

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