What should the church do to members who fall into open sin?
Why do you agree that such members should be disciplined?
Main Text: 2 Corinthians 2: 5-10
Memory Verse: This punishment which was inflicted by themajority is sufficient for such a man, so that, on the contrary, you ought rather to forgive and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one be swallowed up with too much sorrow.
– 2 Corinthians. 2:6-7.
Restoration in church discipline is when a person disciplined by the church for an offense is reinstated to fellowship and privileges of the church. This is done on the evidence of true repentance of the person serving disciplinary sanctions of the church. In the passage read, Paul pleaded with the church to forgive and restore the immoral brother who had earlier been disciplined by the church. Our discussion today will help us understand the biblical basis for this practice and also, appreciate how it is applied in The Church of Pentecost.
Questions for Discussion
Why was Paul calling for the restoration of the brother who had earlier been disciplined by the church? 1 Corinthians 5:4-5, 2 Corinthians 2:6-7.
How should church members treat suspended members who show genuine repentance? Verse 7.
How do you understand the statement, I urge youto reaffirm your love for him in verse 8?
Identify and discuss some challenges suspended members who have repented go through in the local church?
How can we demonstrate love and compassion for such people who have shown genuine repentance?
In 1 Corinthians 5:4-5, Paul wrote to the church in Corinth to discipline the immoral brother. After a period of time, Paul instructed the same church to restore this brother to fellowship (2 Cor. 2: 1-7) because the disciplinary action had served the purpose of preserving the image of the church as well as bringing the offender to repentance. In The Church of Pentecost, disciplined members who show genuine repentance are restored to fellowship. Thus, the local church should forgive, affirm their love for, and welcome disciplined members who show genuine repentance. The decision to restore a disciplined member in the local church to fellowship is taken by the District Pastor in consultation with the local presbytery. Depending on the gravity of the offense and disciplinary action applied, a person may cease to hold leadership positions even after being restored. We must balance compassion with caution in order not to hastily restore unrepentant offenders to fellowship of the local church.