Church Discipline
Shared April 26th, 2018
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Main point summary
Matthew 18:15-20
Main point summary
It is our responsibility to lovingly confront a brother for his sin and in cases of continual and unrepentant sin we have heavenly warrant to remove him from Church fellowship.
Matthew 18:15-20
Matthew 18:15-20
m “If your brother sins against you,
n go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone.
If he listens to you,
you have o gained your brother.
But if he does not listen,
take one or two others along with you,
that every charge may be established
p by the evidence of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them,
q tell it to the church.
And if he refuses to listen even to the church,
r let him be to you as s a Gentile and s a tax collector.
Truly, I say to you, t whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed 1 in heaven.
Again I say to you, if two of you u agree on earth about anything they ask,
v it will be done for them
by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three are w gathered in my name,
x there am I among them.”
1 Corinthians 5:4b says almost the exact same thing and in a very similar context. Both are dealing with Church Discipline. "gathered in my name"
Eric Judd
This arc is pretty good! A few comments (in no order):

19b-c might be over-splitting propositions. While it makes sense to have 19b-c as action-manner, 19c can only be understood as a part of 19b's verbal idea - there is no verb in 19c and the only implied verbal idea is the contents of 19b, which says they should probably be left as one proposition. This is nit-picking, but still a consideration to think about.
I think a more appropriate relationship for 18-20 would be to have 18 and 19 under one arc and 20 the grounds of that arc. 18-19 seem to be an idea-explanation (or general-specific as you have, although I'm unfamiliar with the extended palette) of a single concept, and as such it would make sense to have 20 be the ground of that single concept.
I like your custom relationship for 15-17 and 18-20. If you had to associate this relationship with one of the standard ones, which would it be closest to?
v. 15-27 could be reorganized - I don't think a progression is what's going on. It seems like an action is presented in 15a-b, and the possible results of that action are presented in 15c-17 (the positive result being far shorter than the negative result, which has several follow-ups). In this case, I would put 15c-17d under one arc, and the relationship would be an action-result. I think the alternative is correct, but the negative alternative should include the following consequences under its arc. For each of those consequences, a progression could be warranted; but each consequence is contingent on a particular outcome of the previous consequence. In this case an action-result (or even possibly a situation-response) would be appropriate as well.

Those are really specific. As a whole I thought this arc was well done!
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