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God’s Rescue Plan

Bauer Evans, on May 5, 2019. Part of the First things First series

Main Point: God’s rescue plan of loving confrontation and patient prayer calls for extraordinary efforts in the hope of restoring a straying believer to Christ again.

Key ideas:
1. Our motivation is God’s love for all of His children (vv. 1-6, 10-14)
2. Our goal is the believer’s restoration in light of the seriousness of their sin (vv. 7-9, 10-14)
3. Our method is a series of steps challenging the child of God to return to Christ (vv. 15-20)

The Steps:
Step One ~ Go & Gain

“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.” - Vs. 15

Step Two ~ Establish Evidence

“But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.” ~ Vs. 16

Step Three ~ Tell the Church

If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. ~ Vs. 17

Step Four ~ Discontinue Membership, Share the Gospel

“And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.” ~ Vs. 17b

Christ is With Us

Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed[f] in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” vvs. 18-20

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