Often we read this chapter and talk about the fact that vv. 15-17 should be the basis for church discipline. I am not sure when Jesus gave this to the disciples that was his intent. It is more like church redemption. Jesus talks about this right after he says, “In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.” We need to think of this as a way of bringing lost sheep back to the fold, and not as discipline.