39 | Is Church Discipline a New Covenant Practice? (Part 2)

Welcome to episode 39 of the UnSunday Show. This episode is a continuation of the topic of church discipline that I started in the last episode. I continue my look at Matthew 18:15-20, which is used as a proof text by church leaders for the practice of modern church discipline. I wrap up a couple of loose ends in this episode that I think need to be added to this discussion because I believe we’ve brought an Old Covenant practice into the New Covenant assembly. Here are the links I mentioned:

– Mike

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6 thoughts on “39 | Is Church Discipline a New Covenant Practice? (Part 2)

  1. The NIV says “If your brother or sister sins” (with a footnote of “Some manuscripts sins against you”) and the ESV says “If your brother sins against you”. I thought the point of this passage is how work through conflict between you and someone else. I didn’t think it was about lording over people and being nosey. Not saying the institutional church hasn’t broadened the application.
    If someone has sinned against you, isn’t this still the process to follow? (ref. 1 Corinthians 6:1-8)


    • I see what you mean but isn’t it interesting that Jesus’ words in Matthew 18 aren’t repeated after the cross? Instead, were told “as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone” Rom 12:18, and “forgive one another” of any grievance (Col 3:13). The 1 Corinthian passage you mentioned doesn’t reference it either. We don’t see this process being followed anywhere after the cross even though there were a couple of instances where it could have been.


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