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Title: What does a Healthy Church and Healthy Church Member Look Like?

What does a Healthy Church and Healthy Church
Member Look Like?
  • Week 7 What are the Important Marks of a Healthy
  • Biblical Understanding of Church Membership Part
  • Biblical Understanding of Church Discipline
  • February 17, 2013

Important Mark 3 Biblical Understanding of
Membership Part 2
  • Review from last week
  • Romans 13 1-5 Let every person be subject to
    the governing authorities. For there is no
    authority except from God, and those that exist
    have been instituted by God. 2 Therefore whoever
    resists the authorities resists what God has
    appointed, and those who resist will incur
    judgment. 3 For rulers are not a terror to good
    conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of
    the one who is in authority? Then do what is
    good, and you will receive his approval, 4 for he
    is God's servant for your good. But if you do
    wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword
    in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger
    who carries out God's wrath on the wrongdoer.
    5 Therefore one must be in subjection, not only
    to avoid God's wrath but also for the sake of
  • Christians are subject to the authority of the

Review Continued
  • Churches are different kind of organization then
    clubs or charitable organization
  • Hebrews 13 7 17 7 Remember your leaders, those
    who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the
    outcome of their way of life, and imitate their
  • 17 Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they
    are keeping watch over your souls, as those who
    will have to give an account. Let them do this
    with joy and not with groaning, for that would be
    of no advantage to you.
  • Christians are subject to the authority of the

Review Continued a little more
  • John 15 4-6 Abide in me, and I in you. As the
    branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it
    abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you
    abide in me. 5 I am the vine you are the
    branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he
    it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me
    you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not abide in
    me he is thrown away like a branch and withers
    and the branches are gathered, thrown into the
    fire, and burned.

The Church is an Embassy
  • What is an Embassy? Its an institution that
    represents one nation inside another nation. It
    protects its home nation citizens that live
    inside another nation and declares the interests
    of the home nation to the host nation.
  • Phil. 3 20  For our citizenship is in heaven,
    from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the
    Lord Jesus Christ

Col 1 17-18  He (Christ) is before all things,
and in Him all things hold together. He is also
head of the body, the church Col. 1 20 and
through Him to reconcile all things to Himself,
having made peace through the blood of His
cross through Him, I say, whether things on
earth or things in heaven Col. 1
24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your
sake, and in my flesh I do my share
on behalf of His body, which is the
church, in filling up what is lacking in
Christs afflictions.
The Churchs Authority
  • Matt. 20 25-28  But Jesus called them to
    Himself and said, You know that the rulers of
    the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great
    men exercise authority over them. 26 It is not
    this way among you, but whoever wishes to become
    great among you shall be your servant, 27 and
    whoever wishes to be first among you shall be
    your slave 28 just as the Son of Man did not
    come to be served, but to serve, and to give His
    life a ransom for many.
  • Christian authority works by the tender,
    effective and heart changing power of the Word
    and Spirit, not by manipulative powers of
    persuasion and coercion.

What is a Church Member?
  • The local church can exercise formal Church
    discipline on a member.
  • The local Church is
  • a group of Christians
  • who regularly gather in Christs name
  • to officially affirm and oversee one anothers
    membership in Jesus Christ and His Kingdom
  • through gospel preaching and gospel ordinances.
  • Matthew 28 19 Acts 14 27 Hebrews 10
    24-26 Romans 6 3-5
  • 1 Cor. 11 26-29 and 1 Cor. 5 1

Elements of a Church Member
  • Elements of Church Membership
  • A church body formally affirms an individuals
    profession of faith and baptism.
  • It promises to give oversight to that persons
  • The individual formally submits their
    discipleship to the service and authority of this
    body and its leaders.

Important Mark 4 Biblical Understanding of
Church Discipline
  • Church Discipline is the act of excluding
    someone who professes to be a Christian from
    membership and participation in the Lords supper
    because of unrepentant sin, sin they refuse to
    let go of.
  • 2 Tim. 3 1-5 But realize this, that in the last
    days difficult times will come. 2 For men will be
    lovers of self, lovers of money, boastful,
    arrogant, revilers, disobedient to parents,
    ungrateful, unholy, 3 unloving, irreconcilable,
    malicious gossips, without self-control, brutal,
    haters of good, 4 treacherous, reckless,
    conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers
    of God, 5 holding to a form of godliness,
    although they have denied its power Avoid such
    men as these.

How Does the Process Work?
  • Matthew 18 15-17 provides the guidelines
  • First, address the sin privately. If that does
    not work then
  • Return a second time with another Christian. If
    they still refuse to repent then
  • As Jesus said, tell it to the church, and if they
    refuse still they are to be separated and treated
    like an unbeliever.
  • God is a Judge
  • His purposes sometimes are corrective,
    redemptive and restorative.
  • Other times they are retributive, vengeful and
  • Either way His judgments are always just!

Christians Judge Themselves
1 Cor. 11 27-28  Therefore whoever eats the
bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an
unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and
the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine
himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the
bread and drink of the cup. 2 Peter 1 5-7  Now
for this very reason also, applying all
diligence, in your faith supply moral
aexcellence, and in your moral excellence,
knowledge, 6 and in your knowledge, self-control,
and in your self-control, perseverance, and in
your perseverance, godliness, 7 and in your
godliness, brotherly kindness, and in your
brotherly kindness, love. Rom. 12 19 Never
take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room
for the wrath of God, for it is written,
Vengeance is Mine, I will repay, says the
Biblical Example of Discipline
1 Cor. 5 1-5 It is actually reported that there
is immorality among you, and immorality of such a
kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles,
that someone has his fathers wife. 2 You have
become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so
that the one who had done this deed would be
removed from your midst. 3 For I, on my part,
though absent in body but present in spirit, have
already judged him who has so committed this, as
though I were present. 4 In the name of our Lord
Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in
spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 I
have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for
the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit
may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
Five Positive Reasons for Discipline
  • It shows Love for
  • The good of the disciplined individual
  • Other Christians as they see the danger of sin
  • The health of the church as a whole
  • The corporate witness of the church and,
    therefore, non-Christians in the community
  • Finally the Glory of God. Our holiness should
    reflect Gods holiness.

Class Outline
  • What is a Healthy Church
  • Week 1 The Church (What is a Healthy Church
    Chap. 12)
  • Week 2 What is the Churchs Purpose and
  • What is a Healthy Church Chap. 34 and Article II
    from PBC Constitution
  • What are the Essential marks of a Healthy
  • Week 3 Essentials of a Healthy Church
  • What is a Healthy Church Chap 5, 6 7
  • Week 4 What the Church Believes
  • Article III PBC Statement of Faith
  • What are the Important marks of a Healthy
  • Week 5 A Biblical Understanding of Conversion
  • What is a Healthy Church Chap. 8,
  • Week 6 A Biblical Understanding of Evangelism
  • Week 7 Church Membership Part 2 and Discipline.
  • What is a Healthy Church Chap. 10, 11 and 9Marks
    Church Membership book
  • Week 8 Biblical Discipleship and Church
  • What is a Healthy Church Chap. 12 13
  • What is a Healthy Church Member
  • Week 9 A Healthy Church Member is an
    Expositional Listener and Biblical Theologian.
  • What is a Healthy Church Member Chap. 1 2 and
    Listen Up booklet
  • Week 10 A Healthy Church Member is Gospel
    Saturated and Genuinely Converted.
  • What is a Healthy Church Member Chap. 3 4
  • Week 11 A Healthy Church Member is Biblical
    Evangelist and a Committed Member.
  • What is a Healthy Church Member Chap. 5 6
  • Week 12 A Healthy Church Member Seeks
    Discipline and is a Growing Disciple.
  • What is a Healthy Church Member Chap. 7 8
  • Week 13 A Healthy Church Member is a Humble
    Follower and a Prayer Warrior.
  • What is a Healthy Church Member Chap. 9 10
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