The Purpose of Discipline
Topic: AM Service Passage: 2 Corinthians 2:5–11
Church discipline is a familiar subject – at least in its broad outlines – to those who are involved with a church. But many people wonder whether discipline is actually Biblical. That is, is there a Biblical basis for discipline in the Church? The Apostle Paul gives us a window into church discipline in 2 Corinthians 2, showing why discipline is necessary and what the goal of discipline is. Far too often, we are quick to assume that discipline is punitive – to punish the offender. Paul reminds us that discipline is restorative – to bring the offender back both to Christ and the fellowship of the church. We must view discipline through the lens of forgiveness and defending the honor and glory of Christ. That is “The Purpose of Discipline” (2 Cor. 2:5-11).
I. The Necessity of Discipline
II. The Blessing of Discipline
III. The Consequence of Discipline
Questions for consideration: (1) Why would you be reluctant to see someone disciplined? What would cause you to view discipline for yourself in a negative way? (2) Why is it important that you have restoration in mind as a primary purpose of discipline? (3) How can seeing church discipline being done properly help your Christian walk?