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Thinking a little bit about history in these weeks as we move to the fortieth in February, I'm reminded that when I first came to Grace Church as a young man, in my late twenties, I had come across something else in the Bible that struck me. I had been reading a rather interesting book that I found written by a missionary, a very obscure missionary and it was a self-published book. Self-published books are normally pretty dangerous reading. But this was a self-published book and I will never forget the book because it had a very bland cover and because the printing job was done so inadequately that there were sections upside down and out of place all through the book. So it was somewhat of a jigsaw puzzle to just figure out how to read it.

But in the process of going through that book, I came across a section on discipline in the church, dealing with sin in the church. And I read it. And I had been already aware of Matthew chapter 18 where our Lord's first instruction to the church, first instruction in the Bible to the church is that if someone is in sin, you go to him and you confront the sin. And if the person doesn't repent, you go back and take two or three witnesses to confirm the response. And if they still don't repent, you tell it to the church. And if they still don't repent, you treat them like an outsider, an outcast. You put them out of the church. The Apostle Paul follows that up by saying you can't let them stay in the church because sin is like leaven and a little bit of leaven, leavens everything. The Apostle Paul later points out the fact that if there's someone in the fellowship who is teaching falsely, admonish him two or three times. And after that, put him out....

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