Verses Which Help to Establish the Parameters and Limits of Fellowship

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					    Verses Which Help to
Establish the Parameters and
     Limits of Fellowship
   Behold, how good
and how pleasant it
is For brethren to
dwell together in
       (Psalm 133:1)
Isaiah 59:1-2
  Behold, the LORD'S hand is not
shortened, That it cannot save; Nor
His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. 2 But
your iniquities have separated you from your
God; And your sins have hidden His face
from you, So that He will not hear.

• Sin impacts our relationship with
• Fellowship with God is conditional!
2 John 9-11
  Whoever transgresses and does not
abide in the doctrine of Christ does not
have God. He who abides in the doctrine of
Christ has both the Father and the Son. 10 If
anyone comes to you and does not bring this
doctrine, do not receive him into your house
nor greet him; 11 for he who greets him shares
in his evil deeds.
• Fellowship between men is limited
• It is based upon faithfulness to God
2 Corinthians 6:14-18
• No matter the sin, evil must
  be rejected by those who are
  faithful to God
• “What fellowship has righteousness
   with lawlessness?
• We are the sanctified of God,
   therefore... “Do not touch what is
   unclean, and I (God) will receive
Romans 14
• Not every disagreement
  necessitates a cleaving of
  fellowship (1)
• This context does not deal with
  sinful matters (5)
• Eating meat and Observing a day is
  acceptable to God, but not required
• If God receives a man, we are not to
  judge or despise him! (6-13)
1 Corinthians 5:4-6
   In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
when you are gathered together, along with
my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5 deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of

the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of
the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Do you
not know that a little leaven leavens the whole

• Withdrawal is done congregationally
• The purpose, protect the group and save
  the individual caught in sin
Matthew 18:15-17
  Moreover if your brother sins against
you, go and tell him his fault between you
and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained
your brother. 16 But if he will not hear, take with
you one or two more, that “by the mouth of two or
three witnesses every word may be established.” 17
And if he refuses to hear them, tell it to the church.
But if he refuses even to hear the church, let him be
to you like a heathen and a tax collector.
• It is the responsibility of the righteous to
  ensure fellowship. (By bringing sinner to
Philippians 2:1-8
• Love and Humility facilitate
• Disputes and strife are antithetical
  to the mind of Christ
• Sacrifice and deference remove
  impediments to unity
• “Let each of you look out not only
  for his own interests, but the
  interests of others.”
1 Thessalonians 5:14-15
  Now we exhort you, brethren,
warn those who are unruly, comfort the
fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient
with all. 15 See that no one renders evil for
evil to anyone, but always pursue what is
good both for yourselves and for all.
• Withdrawal is not necessarily
• Discretion is needed, as we seek to
• “Be patient with all.”
Titus 3:9-11
   But avoid foolish disputes,
genealogies, contentions, and strivings
about the law; for they are unprofitable and
useless. 10 Reject a divisive man after the
first and second admonition, 11 knowing that
such a person is warped and sinning, being

• Very little patience is to be shown to
  the divisive man (Protect the group)
James 3:1
  My brethren, let not many of you
become teachers, knowing that we
shall receive a stricter judgment.

• Very little patience is to be shown to
  the man who teaches error
  (Protect the group)
• cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:6; Jude 22-23
2 Thessalonians 3:6
  But we command you, brethren, in the
name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you
withdraw from every brother who walks disorderly
and not according to the tradition which he
received from us.

Jude 22-23
  And on some have compassion, making a
distinction; 23 but others save with fear, pulling
them out of the fire, hating even the garment
defiled by the flesh.
• Fellowship with God is
  conditioned upon
  righteousness and doctrinal
• We have no right to maintain ongoing
  fellowship with those rejected by God
• Patience and discretion is needed in
  dealing with sin (to save the soul)
• The group must be protected!

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