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What ‘Where Two or Three are Gathered’ Really Means

by Dale Partridge

Yesterday I had a gentleman and his wife pray for our family. The gesture was kind and also appreciated. However, in his prayer, he made reference to the passage of Matthew 18:20 which states, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

It went something like this: “Lord we know that where two or three gather together there you are in the midst and Lord, here we are…” Unfortunately, the passage he referenced was grossly misapplied. The passage in Matthew 18:20 is not about the minimum quantity of people to summon God’s presence, this passage is about the process of discipline in the church.

In this episode of Real Christianity, Dale Partridge exposits this text carefully to demonstrate a faithful interpretation and practical application of this important passage.

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Scripture References

  • Matthew 18:20

    For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.

  • Deuteronomy 19:15

    A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established.

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