The Peacemaking Church - Session 6 - Dec 8th notes


Legacy of Elijah Guild Leader
1. Step One: Overlook minor offenses. (Prov. 19:11)

2. Step Two: Talk privately
If your brother sins against you, go and show him his fault, just between the two of you. If he listens to you, you have won your brother over. (Matt. 18:15)

3. Step Three: Take ______________ or ______________ others along.
But if he will not listen, take one or two others along, so that "every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses." Matt 18:16)

  • To mediate or arbitrate (1 Cor 6:1-8)
  • To encourage self-control and courtesy
  • To ask questions, clarify facts
  • To counsel and admonish by God's Word
  • To observe conduct and report to church or churches

4. Step Four: Tell it to the ______________.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; (Matt 18:17a)

5. Step Five: Treat the other person as a ______________.
And if he refuses to listen even to the church, treat him as you would a pagan or a tax collector. (Matt 18:17b)

  • To convict and restore those who stray (1 Cor. 5:1-13)
    "Nothing is so cruel as the tenderness that consigns another to his sin. Nothing can be more compassionate than the severe rebuke that calls a brother back from the path of sin." -Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together
  • To guard others from stumbling
    Don't you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough? (1 Cor 5:6; see 1 Tim 5:20; Titus 3:10-11)
  • To protect God's name (Rom 2:24)

6. Step Six: Forgive and ______________ the repentant.
What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. (Matt 18:12-14; see 2 Cor 2:5-11)

Key Principle: Discipline is God's gift and blessing to the church.