I Need You, My Brother, My Sister

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Sermon Series: To Save That Which is Lost (Part 5 of 5)

Matthew 18:11-22

If your “brother” — i.e., your husband/wife, children, or a brother/sister in the local church — sins against you, seek reconciliation with them privately & gently first (Galatians 6:1; Matthew 18:15). Remember that you are trying to win your brother/sister, not the argument!

To “win your brother,” is to have the attitude that Jesus had. When He looked down from heaven and saw Saul “breathing threats and murder” against Him and His family, didn’t think how He could destroy Saul, but rather, “I must win Saul!” He did win him, and Paul became one of the boldest witnesses for Jesus.

When attempts to privately and gently win a brother are unsuccessful, the elders and the church have authority to deal with it (Matthew 18:16-20). This usually comes at the expense of our own earthly reputation, but that is where we demonstrate our value and sense of protection of God’s family.

Let us love like Jesus did — “to the end” (John 13:1). This will mean that we will be tested with disappointment and sacrifice along the way. But, when we live this way in forgiveness and reconciliation, then Christ will be present in our midst (Matthew 18:20). This is the true Church that Jesus is building.

To love the Head, Jesus, is to love His Body as well. May we recognize our need of EVERY member of the body in which God has placed us, and value them as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3-4).

“I need you, you need me
We’re all a part of God’s body
Stand with me, agree with me
We’re all a part of God’s body
It is his will that every need be supplied
You are important to me, I need you to survive

I pray for you, you pray for me
I love you, I need you to survive
I won’t harm you with words from my mouth
I love you, I need you to survive.”

Speaker: Santosh Poonen

\"\"Santosh Poonen is a disciple of Jesus. He and his wife Meghan have six children, and live in Loveland, Colorado, USA. Santosh is the son of Zac and Annie Poonen. He works in the IT industry and is an elder at RLCF.

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