We live in a time when church discipline is practiced by few and flouted by many. Yet in this passage, Christ gives us guidance on how we should proceed in dealing with such issues in the church. We see the wisdom that is contained in these words. We find a role for the whole fellowship in seeking the repentance of the erring brother or sister. Finally, we see how serious this issue is in God’s sight - and that those who reject the just and Biblical discipline of a local church here on earth will have to give account at the judgment of God.

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Shaun Bryant

Shaun has been Pastor at Grace Church in Modesto since late 1993. His journey to the fellowship took him through churches of various persuasions, during which time he became convinced of a call to the ministry and also of a Reformed view of the Scriptures. Shaun completed his studies for the ministry at Westminster Seminary in California. He is married with 3 children.

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