Thursday, May 11, 2017
Chapters of Study: 1 Corinthians 5-6:12
In Chapter 5, Paul began by addressing reports of sexual immorality among-st the Corinthians, which prompted our group to hold a candid discussion of its presence within the church today. We considered how modern society tends to overlook various lustful acts and how the apostles would not have only condemned them, but also moved to cast out such transgressors from the church.
We were in sympathy with finding balance in loving and encouraging believers to attend church, advising them of God’s Word and wisdom, though would ultimately be intolerant of deliberate or unrepentant sin when present within the church body.
Paul moved on to discuss that while it best to avoid disputes within the church altogether, if and when they do arise, believers should seek to settle matters amongst themselves instead of taking them to a court amongst non-believing judges. As referenced by our study guide for this chapter, “the issue is not only protection of the Christian community for its own sake but also in its reputation before the world. The key to honoring the name of Christ and his followers is the proper exercise of discipline within the community.”
1. It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father’s wife. 2And you are arrogant! Should you not rather have mourned, so that he who has done this would have been removed from among you? – 1 Corinthians 5:1-2
12. For what have I to do with judging those outside? Is it not those who are inside that you are to judge? 13God will judge those outside. “Drive out the wicked person from among you.” 1 Corinthians 5:12-13
4. If you have ordinary cases, then, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? 5I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to decide between one believer and another, 6but a believer goes to court against a believer – and before unbelievers at that? – 1 Corinthians 6:4-6