The New Testament Church 0005 - Lesson 4

Its Fellowship (Continued)

  1. FELLOWSHIP IN SERVICE
    1. Must Involve a Common Purpose
      1. Different purposes will ultimately lead to divides in fellowship.
        1. One may have a goal of reaching the lost.
        2. One may have a goal of training the saved.
        3. One may have a goal of having controlled standards.
        4. Eventually there will be a divide in fellowship.
      2. The common scriptural purpose for everything we do is to bring glory to God.
        1. God cares for His glory.
          1. All glory belongs to Him (Galatians 1:5; Ephesians 3:21; Philippians 4:20; 1 Timothy 1:17; 2 Timothy 4:18; 1 Peter 5:11; 2 Peter 3:18; Jude 1:25; Revelation 1:6).
          2. He does not share it (Isaiah 42:8).
        2. All things are for Him.
          1. They were created for Him (Colossians 1:16).
          2. They were created for His pleasure (Revelation 4:11).
        3. His glory is our purpose.
          1. Our works should bring glory to God (Matthew 5:16).
          2. Our troubles should bring glory to God (John 11:4; John 21:19).
          3. Our body should bring glory to God (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Corinthians 10:31.
          4. Our spirit should bring glory to God (1 Corinthians 6:20).
    2. Must Involve Common Methods
      1. Minor variations will often be tolerated, but major variations in methods will cause division in fellowship.
      2. To some degree this is exemplified in the split of Paul and Barnabas (Acts 15:36-41).
  2. FELLOWSHIP BROKEN AND RESTORED
    1. Types of Offense
      1. Private
        1. The offense
          1. A matter of sin that has not been made known to the body.
          2. It is a personal issue involving one person or a small number of people.
        2. The correction (Matthew 18:15-17)
          1. Go and tell the person the fault alone (Matthew 18:15).
          2. Deal with the person with one or two others (Matthew 18:16).
          3. Bring it before the church (Matthew 18:17).
          4. Break fellowship (Matthew 18:18).
      2. Public
        1. The offense
          1. A matter of sin that has been made known publicly.
          2. A matter of sin that was committed publicly.
          3. A matter of sin that affects the body.
        2. The correction
          1. Attempt to correct the problem.
            1. With the individual or group in private
            2. With appropriate steps of resolution proclaimed publicly
          2. Removal - If the individual or group will not correct the wrong, they must be removed.
    2. Reasons for Discipline
      1. As provided to the church at Rome (Romans 16:17)
        1. Divisions contrary to the doctrines of Paul
        2. Offences contrary to the doctrines of Pau
      2. As provided to the church at Corinth (1 Corinthians 5:1-13)
        1. Fornication (1 Corinthians 5:1-10)
        2. Covetousness (1 Corinthians 5:11)
        3. Idolatry (1 Corinthians 5:11)
        4. Railing (1 Corinthians 5:11)
        5. Drunkenness (1 Corinthians 5:11)
        6. Extortion (1 Corinthians 5:11)
      3. As provided to the Galatians (Galatians 1:6-9)
      4. As provided to the Thessalonians
        1. Unruliness (1 Thessalonians 5:14)
        2. Busybodies (2 Thessalonians 3:6-15)
      5. As provided to Timothy (1 Timothy 6:1-5)
      6. As provided to Titus – Heresy (Titus 3:9-11)
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 13:17

A wicked messenger falleth into mischief: but a faithful ambassador is health.