Shame-Based Discipleship?

Monday Discussion

“If any one does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person,
and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.”
2 Thessalonians 3:14

The Call to DiscipleshipQuestions:

  1. What does it mean to “take note of” a disciple’s lifestyle and conformity to truth?
  2. What does it mean to …
    a. “Have nothing to do with him”
    b.  Not “regard him as an enemy” (vs. 15a), and
    c. “Warn him as a brother.” (v. 15b)
  3. When is doing something “to make a disciple ashamed” appropriate? Does making a disciple feel ashamed have to be something that is publicly known or can it be a private issue?

Suggestions for Study:

  • Make a lists of the commands in the letter that Paul considers worthy of shame if not obeyed.
  • Think of ways to train the men you disciple to take these verses to heart.
  • Do a word study on the word “ashamed” as used in the New Testament and New Testament era literature.

2 thoughts on “Shame-Based Discipleship?

  1. This and a few other scriptures including Matthew 18:15-20 are where the terms “shun”, “excommunication” and “disfellowship” come from, and it is effective and Godly if done strictly in accordance with the Biblical methods by people who are acting in every other way out of love. I’ve seen it implemented in very un-Biblical ways though, and it is very controlling and damaging when done outside of the prescribed methods that God has given us in His Word, by people who are concerned more with control and manipulation, and sometimes even paranoia and insecurity in their positions at their church.


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