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The New Testament Church 0005 - Lesson 5

Its Fellowship (Continued)

    1. Means of Discipline
      1. Correction
        1. Rebuke them that sin (1 Timothy 5:20).
        2. Rebuke with sharpness (Titus 1:13).
        3. Rebuke with love (Revelation 3:19).
      2. Removal (1 Corinthians 5:4-7, 13; Titus 3:10-11)
    2. Purpose of Discipline
      1. Instruction
        1. The root of the word discipline is disciple, which means to teach.
        2. Discipline instructs not only the offender, but also those that witness the discipline.
      2. Restoration (Galatians 6:1)
        1. By those that are spiritual
          1. The spiritual man is mad at sin (Hosea 9:7).
          2. The spiritual man will be established (Romans 1:11).
          3. The spiritual man will have life and peace (Romans 8:6).
          4. The spiritual man judgeth all things (1 Corinthians 2:15).
          5. The spiritual man acknowledges the Bible as the commandments of God (1 Corinthians 14:37).
          6. The spiritual man restores (Galatians 6:1).
        2. In the spirit of meekness
        3. Considering thyself
    3. Preventative Maintenance
      1. Church discipline is never pleasant for a body of believers or an individual.
      2. Screenings should take place before someone unites with a body of believers.
        1. Salvation testimony
        2. Statement of faith agreement
        3. By-law agreement
      3. Careful promotions from within
        1. Discipline of leadership is more detrimental to a body of believers than discipline of a regular member.
        2. Take steps to carefully promote to positions of leadership.
      4. Continuous Bible preaching
        1. Teaching sound doctrine
        2. Exposing false doctrine
        3. Warning of wolves
    4. Historical Accounts
      1. Hezekiah Smith, a Baptist pastor from the late 1700s and early 1800s, spent a typical Sunday in the following manner, according to his journal, “I preached at Cashaway from 1 Corinthians 5:7. I hope the sermon was much blessed. I excommunicated John Jamerson the same day, and after divine service, married Malachi Newbury and Ann Rowel, then went home with Mr. Kimbrow and spent the evening very agreeably.” Taken from The Life, Ministry, and Journals of Hezekiah Smith, page 25.
      2. “During the pastorate of Dr. B. L. Stanfill (1895-1900) many members were added by baptism and by letter. On the other hand, many were excluded on various charges, such as non-attendance, profanity, adultery, drunkenness, covenant breaking, dancing, and other charges.” Taken from The History of Fairview Baptist Church of Corryton, TN .

Its Finances

    1. Tithes
      1. The tithe defined
        1. The word tithe means tenth (Leviticus 27:32; cp Hebrews 7:4 with Hebrews 7:6).
        2. The tithe was taken from the increase (Genesis 28:22; Deuteronomy 14:22, 28).
        3. The tithe could be given from:
          1. Seed of the land (Leviticus 27:30)
          2. Fruit of the tree (Leviticus 27:30)
          3. The herd (Leviticus 27:32)
          4. The flock (Leviticus 27:32)
          5. Etc.
      2. The place designated for the tithe (Deuteronomy 12:5-6)
      3. The people who received the tithe
        1. The tithe belonged to the Lord (Leviticus 27:32). Failure to give the tithe was to rob God (Malachi 3:8).
        2. The tithe was given to the Levites (Numbers 18:24) and the Levites gave a tithe of the tithe to the Lord (Numbers 18:26).
      4. The tithe was meant to prove God (Malachi 3:10).
      5. The tithe related to dispensations
        1. Before the law (Genesis 14:20; Genesis 28:22)
        2. Under the law (Leviticus 27:30)
        3. After the law (Matthew 23:23)
    2. Offerings
      1. Offerings were not part of the tithe.
      2. Offerings were given in addition to the tithe (2 Chronicles 31:12; Malachi 3:8).
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 27:19

As in water face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man.