2 Corinthians 13:1: This will be the third time I am coming to you. “By the mouth of two or three witnesses every word shall be established.”


In dealing with sin in a local church, we must have facts and not rumors. Paul quoted Deuteronomy 19:15, and we find parallels in Numbers 35:30 and Matthew 18:16. The presence of witnesses would help to guarantee the truth about a matter, especially when the church members were at such variance with one another. 1

Personal Application

  • Read Matthew 18:15-20. Do you see the instruction from Jesus? The pastor and congregation must not get involved in a matter until the individuals involved have sincerely sought a solution. Will you handle things differently next time?

Godly Encouragement

  • Do not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses. –1 Timothy 5:19

A Biblical Thought to Share with Others

Without two or more witnesses, your words may be slanderous. – TWEET IT

A Prayer to Consider

Lord, teach us to build biblical relationships with one another in the Body of Christ.


1. Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary. Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.

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Tommy Blumberg was ordained as a Calvary Chapel pastor in 1985, where he served as an assistant to Pastor Wayne Taylor of Calvary Fellowship, in Seattle. In 1992, Pastor Tom, his wife Pam, and their three daughters moved to Bellingham and began a Bible study, which led to the founding of Calvary Chapel Northwest. Tom blogs regularly at TommyBlumberg.com.

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