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Why We Do What We Do The Way We Do What We Do: Church Membership and Church Discipline (1 Peter 2:9-10, Acts 5:12-13, 1 Timothy 5:9-12, 1 Corinthians 5:12-13, 2 Corinthians 2:6-7, John 17:20-23, Matthew 18:15-17)

Nathan Raynor, November 12, 2017
Part of the Why We Do What We Do series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Tags: church, discipline, membership, the way we do what we do, why we do what we do

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1 Peter 2:9–10 (Listen)

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But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

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Acts 5:12–13 (Listen)

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12 Now many signs and wonders were regularly done among the people by the hands of the apostles. And they were all together in Solomon's Portico. 13 None of the rest dared join them, but the people held them in high esteem.

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1 Timothy 5:9–12 (Listen)

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Let a widow be enrolled if she is not less than sixty years of age, having been the wife of one husband, 10 and having a reputation for good works: if she has brought up children, has shown hospitality, has washed the feet of the saints, has cared for the afflicted, and has devoted herself to every good work. 11 But refuse to enroll younger widows, for when their passions draw them away from Christ, they desire to marry 12 and so incur condemnation for having abandoned their former faith.

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1 Corinthians 5:12–13 (Listen)

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12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

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2 Corinthians 2:6–7 (Listen)

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For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow.

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John 17:20–23 (Listen)

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20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.

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Matthew 18:15–17 (Listen)

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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. 16 But 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. 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.

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