Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 2:5-11. Paul instructs the Corinthian church to forgive a man they’ve recently disciplined. We see that the Lord’s church must commit to (1) holding its members accountable for sin, and (2) freely forgiving those who repent, as God has forgiven us in Christ.
Cary Cox, from 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:4. Paul seeks to restore his relationship with the erring Corinthians. In this passage we see the difficult duty of a pastor, to deal with sin in the church. And we see the heart of a pastor, the spiritual and emotional investment in the lives of the believers. Our goal is to work together for each other’s joy in Jesus! But that requires us to confront each other when we go astray.
Cary Cox, from Joshua 22. Trouble (and almost war!) breaks out among the Israelites when 2 1/2 tribes build another altar. There can be only one altar, at the tabernacle, where sacrifices for sin are offered and the people of God gather together around his presence. Looking ahead to Jesus, Christ and his cross is our altar, the only way to approach God.
Cary Cox, Joshua 7. The story of Achan shows us that God is serious about sin among his people. Our sin promises satisfaction, but only deceives us, affects others, and ultimately destroys. There can be no pretenders among God’s people. Christ bore our sin, and satisfies us eternally!
Cary Cox, from Hebrews 12:14-17. Believers are called to run the race of faith in the context of local church families. We run together, “pastoring” each other to keep our brothers and sisters from veering off course. We are responsible to our church family for how we live, accountable to the church for living out our faith. In love, we help each other avoid sin and run the race to the finish!
Cary Cox from Matthew 18:15-35. What do we do when a brother or sister in the church sins against us? When we are hurt, offended and upset, what will we do next? Jesus gives very clear instructions for how his church is to deal with sin in the camp. He gives us the tools to fight for joy, peace and unity in his kingdom community!