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2 Cor. 2:5-11 “Discipline, Forgiveness & Love”

2 Cor. 2:5-11 – Discipline, Forgiveness, & Love

(Discipline and forgiveness in the church)

My sermon notes for Sunday, Jan 13th  as we continue our study through 2 Corinthians.  Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon.  To see the sermon each week or subscribe to the weekly sermon podcast please visit http://www.fbcap.net

 

2 Corinthians 2:5–11 – [5] Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. [6] For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough, [7] so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. [8] So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. [9] For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. [10] Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, [11] so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs. (ESV)

 

Introduction

Remember…in this section Paul is dealing with his relationship with the church in Corinth.  An individual has stirred up a controversy over Paul and his ministry.  Because Paul was being faithful as an apostle the accusations were unwarranted and were dealt with (previous painful visit) As he closes this section, he wants to remind them the WHAT NEXT.  Yes, things need to be taken seriously in the church.  TRUTH MATTERS.  DEAL WITH SIN. But, we still need to be people of love and forgiveness if we truly want the church to be the CHURCH.

A flow of what is taking place in Corinth.

  1. The issue – individual living in open sin.
  2. Discipline – by the church
  3. Repentance – by the individual
  4. Forgiveness – by the church (to some degree both)
  5. Restoration – by the church
  6. Forgetfulness – by both (not hold it against our self or each other. BECAUSE JESUS DOES NOT)

 

Thoughts/Statements as we think of through the “dangers” of discipline and forgiveness. (dangers to avoid)

 

THE TEXT:

The matter itself – vv. 5-6

Church recognized the issue and dealt with it.

 

[5] Now if anyone has caused pain, he has caused it not to me, but in some measure—not to put it too severely—to all of you. [6] For such a one, this punishment by the majority is enough,

SO WHAT MUST WE DO

Key Words to consider:

Courage, Concern, Compassion & Comfort

The purpose – vv.7-11

To bring about reconciliation, forgiveness, and restoration.

 

[7] so you should rather turn to forgive and comfort him, or he may be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. [8] So I beg you to reaffirm your love for him. [9] For this is why I wrote, that I might test you and know whether you are obedient in everything. [10] Anyone whom you forgive, I also forgive. Indeed, what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, has been for your sake in the presence of Christ, [11] so that we would not be outwitted by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his designs.

 

TO RESTORE THE SPIRITUAL LIFE OF THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE CHURCH – The issue is not getting rid of the problem.  The issue is helping someone see what is wrong and helping them through the process of dealing with it and moving on.  (WE DISCIPLINE OUR CHILDREN NOT SO WE CAN GET RID OF THEM, BUT RATHER TO HELP THEM)

 

For the sake of the person

 

For the sake of the Lord

 

For the sake of His Church

 

 

 

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