Church Discipline — “I Object!” [1 Corinthians 4:1 — 5:13 and selected texts]

October 11, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/11/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: 1 Corinthians 4-5; Revelation 2:18-23; Matthew 18

Description:

Bible Reader: “If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private—”

Christian Brother: I OBJECT, Your Honor!

[crowd rouses and is quickly tamped down by gavel banging]

Judge: Order! Order in the court!

To cover any topic completely, we must look at the objections that are raised against our position — objections raised by Christians who are looking at the situation from a different point of view and try to understand where they are coming from and what their concerns are. 

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our deep dive on Church Discipline within our series on The Church and explains that even sincere Christians who love the Lord, often object to the practice of church discipline.

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What are these objections?

We’ll look at some and then examine two case studies from the Bible showcasing churches that did not practice church discipline…and their ensuing outcomes.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 42

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Love Covers a Multitude of Sins [Luke 9:23-26 and selected texts]

October 4, 2020

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/04/2020

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: The Church: Church Discipline, CoronaVirus

Key Text: Luke 9:23-26; John 13:34-35; 1 Cor 13:4-8; 1 Pe 4:8

Description: We know that sin — all sin — is bad, and that God hates all sin.  But is every possible sin under the sun grounds for formal church discipline? 

Today on Scandia Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues our miniseries on Church Discipline within our greater study on The Church and posses the question: “Where do we draw the line?”

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Is it possible to entirely miss the point of church discipline and have every member of a church calling out every other member for every little thing?

Or do we find that there are other factors to consider?… such as wisdom and love.

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Catechism Reading — Lord’s Day 41

Notes:

Formal Church Discipline instituted when the sin* is…

  1. observable
  2. significant
  3. unrepented
* All 3 must be present

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The Holiness of God [Exodus 15:11]

November 11, 2018

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Keith Barker 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/11/2018

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: Exodus 15:11

Description: The cross: a Christian symbol evoking comfort and love for many, many people. But for some, it stands as a graphic warning sign declaring danger ahead.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church podcast, Elder Keith Barker exhorts that the cross is SHOUTING that God hates our sin — so much so that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus, to pay the price for it by hanging on the cross. His blood was a ransom for us — freeing us from an eternity separated from Him, our loving Heavenly Father.

 

Yes, the cross serves as a merciful word of comfort to Christians of God’s finished work but, to the unsaved, a stark shout of danger.

 

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A Little Church with Big Problems [Revelation 2:18-29]

November 4, 2018

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/04/2018

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Revelation

Key Text: Revelation 2:18-29

Description: You either are acceptable to God or you are acceptable to the world…you can’t be both.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Revelation and shares with us that perhaps the biggest problem facing the church in America today is the pressure to compromise. SBC logo 204x204

For as the culture continues to decline morally, the pressure rises to succumb to the teachings of this world and become acceptable to those around us.

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Why Did Jesus Need to Die? [Romans 3:23-24]

April 1, 2018


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Date: 04/01/2018, Easter Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: Romans 3:23-24

Description:

Why did Jesus go to the cross?

There are many reasons that Jesus went to the cross. There are human reasons such as Judas Iscariot betraying Him and the Sanhedrin wanting to kill him. …But those reasons see the cross from the perspective of man of things that happened to Jesus – they don’t ultimately answer the question “why.” Because obviously, He had escaped the grasp of evil men before.

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What is the Gospel? [1 Corinthians 15]

April 16, 2017


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Date: 04/16/2017, Easter Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: 1 Corinthians 15

SBC logo 204x204Description: The Gospel is the central message of the church and the central figure of the message is Jesus Christ. Yet many in the church can’t define what this message is. Sometimes they even define it in ways that are the opposite to what the Scriptures reveal…ways that don’t lead sinners to salvation but leave them condemned with no good news.

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Skeletons in the Closet [Genesis 9:18-29]

October 2, 2016

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/02/2016

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 9:18-29

SBC logo 204x204Description: For 950 years, Noah walked with God. But in the last captured moment of his life, we read that he was drunk and naked and ridiculed by his own son… leaving many of us wondering: “What happened??? He was such a righteous man.”

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, we see that the Bible is careful to record sad events such as this in the lives of great men, to both warn us – lest we also fall – and for us to remember that God alone – not Noah – is the hero in this story (and in every story), and it is to Christ that we are to look.

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Notes:

  1. BEWARE OF MORAL FAILURE AFTER SPIRITUAL SUCCESS (Gen 9:18-21)
    1. Spiritual Success

      1. God rescues Noah (Gen 6:17-18)
      2. God blesses Noah (Gen 9:1)
      3. God covenants with Noah (Gen 9:8-15)
    2. Moral Failure
      1. Sin distorts our blessings (Gen 9:21a)
      2. Sin displays our weaknesses (Gen 9:21b)
  2. BEWARE OF REJOICING OVER THE CALAMITY OF OTHERS (Gen 9:22-23)
    1. Sin Glories in Ruin
    2. Righteousness Glories in Restoration
  3. BEWARE OF THE FAR-REACHING COSTS OF SIN (Gen 9:24-29)
    1. Your Sin Will Become Known (Gen 9:24)
    2. Your Sin Will Bring Devastation to You and Your Family (Gen 9:25)

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The Dominion of Sin [Genesis 4:1-16]

July 17, 2016

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/17/2016

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 4:1-16

SBC logo 204x204Description: Chapters 4-6 of Genesis show us the fullness of sin as it takes dominion in the hearts of men. In the opening verses of Chapter 4, we see the complete spectrum of human experience from righteous worship to heinous murder.

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Notes: Genesis Chapter 4

  • v 1-2 = Gift of Life
  • v 3-5 = Experience of Worship
  • v 6-7 = Appeal to Cain
  • v 8-12 = First Murder
  • v 13-16 = The Unrepentant Sinner and the Patient God

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The Three Surprises of the Savior [Genesis 3:20-24]

July 3, 2016

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/03/2016

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 3:20-24

SBC logo 204x204Description: The last five verses of Genesis Chapter 3 give us a glimpse into the work that Christ would accomplish and a picture of substitutionary atonement.  We are left with a picture of a God who is a Savior and who will bring about good in the midst of man’s sin and rescue Adam’s fallen race from their sin and misery.

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The Curse and the Gospel [Genesis 3:1-21]

June 26, 2016

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/26/2016

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 3:1-21

SBC logo 204x204Description: God placed Adam and Eve in a holy temple we call the Garden of Eden. There they would enjoy unrestricted access and fellowship with God as God covenanted with them and gave them the world.  And in all of God’s creation, there was only one thing He forbid and that was the eating of a single fruit. How could Adam and Eve throw it all away? How angry God must have been by there disobedience, and yet even as God pronounced a curse upon the wayward couple, He announced His plan to rescue them.

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Man’s Darkest Hour [Genesis 3:1-7]

June 19, 2016

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/19/2016

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Genesis

Key Text: Genesis 3:1-7

Description: Genesis Chapter 3 is one of the most pivotal and important chapters in all of scripture.  It records man’s darkest hour as Adam and Eve commit the first sin against God and plunge the entire human race into sin and rebellion against the Creator God who created the world that He once could pronounce as “very good”, but now no longer.

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The Reason for the Season [1 Timothy 1:12-17]

December 13, 2015

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Date: 12/13/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: 1 Timothy 1:12-17

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Series: Advent Season

Description: Paul reveals to us the “Reason for the Season” in a simple statement that summarizes the Gospel in his letter to the young pastor Timothy.

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Civil War [Judges 20]

November 8, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 11/08/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Judges

Key Text: Judges 20

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The New Sodom [Judges 19]

October 25, 2015

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 10/25/2015

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Judges

Key Text: Judges 19

Description:  Judges 19-21 covers the disturbing story of the complete canaanization of Israel.  It’s a story that involves homosexuality, rape, murder, and dismemberment.  It is perhaps the most disturbing story in all of Scripture.

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Though He Slay Me, I Will Hope in Him [Job 11-14]

June 22, 2014

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Date: 06/22/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Job

Key Text: Job 11-14

Description:  Zophar is the third friend to speak.  His speech ends cycle one in the dialogue portion and in the end he adds nothing new to the views of Job’s other two friends.  Zophar is insulting in his attack as he basically calls Job a windbag and a scoffer.

Job continues to declare his innocence and calls for a trial before God.  In the end he continues to trust in God and says, “though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.”

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Assurance in the Gospel — part 2 [1 John 5:18-20]

March 9, 2014

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Date: 03/09/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 5:18-20

Description: John declares that all those who believe in Christ can be assured of five things:

  1. Assurance of Eternal Life (13)
  2. Assurance of Answered Prayer (14-17)
  3. Assurance of Victory over Sin (18)
  4. Assurance of Belonging to God (19)
  5. Assurance of Abiding in Christ (20-21)

This message covers the last three of these assurances.

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Overcoming the World [1 John 5:4-5]

February 9, 2014

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Date: 02/09/2014

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 5:4-5

Description: The Christian life is not a life of ease but a life of struggle. We struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil. It is a life that demands entrance through a narrow gate and it is a daily walk along a narrow path. In our passage this morning, John doesn’t leave us discouraged but tells us that in the midst of this battle, the Christian will overcome the world.

We will be looking at three things in regards to the Christians overcoming the world:

  1. Its SIGNIFICANCE
  2. Its SOURCE
  3. Its SUSTAINMENT

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The Test of Fellowship [1 John 2:18-21]

October 20, 2013

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Date: 10/20/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:18-21

Description: Sometimes familiar words lose their meaning.  The word fellowship is like that. We use the word fellowship as an adjective to describe a church event.  For instance, a potluck becomes a “fellowship meal” and just hanging out with other believers becomes “fellowshipping”.  The term fellowship though is significant in meaning and must be understood within the context of Christ’s fellowship with His people.  As Christ is in fellowship with His people, His people are in fellowship with each other.  The teaching of and about Christ become the truth upon which our fellowship is based.

In our message today, we see that there are some who have broken fellowship, they have dis-fellowshipped themselves over the truth.  John tells the church that those who have left — left because they never were truly in fellowship in the first place.

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The Test of Worldliness [1 John 2:15-17]

October 6, 2013

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Date: 10/06/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:15-17

Description: The term “worldliness” has taken on so many meanings in Christianity that much of what we hear as things we should avoid have nothing to do with the Bible’s definition it.

  • The Core of Worldliness
  • The Course of Worldliness
  • The Curse of Worldliness
  • The Conquering of Worldliness

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Back to the Basics [1 John 2:12-14]

September 29, 2013

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Date: 09/29/2013

Preacher: Monty Simao, elder

Series: 1 John

Key Text: 1 John 2:12-14

Description: John pauses in the giving of tests of salvation to draw the reader’s attention back to the objective foundation and ground of their justification.  He addresses the church in all stages of maturity, from the new believer to the spiritually mature.  This passage serves as a parenthetical comment, as it were, so that our self-reflection doesn’t leave us looking inside of us for answers but outside of ourselves to Christ.

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