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1 Corinthians 5 The Message
1 I also received a report of scandalous sex within your church family, a kind that wouldn’t be tolerated even outside the church: One of your men is sleeping with his stepmother. 2 And you’re so above it all that it doesn’t even faze you! Shouldn’t this break your hearts? Shouldn’t it bring you to your knees in tears? Shouldn’t this person and his conduct be confronted and dealt with? 3 I’ll tell you what I would do. Even though I’m not there in person, consider me right there with you, because I can fully see what’s going on. I’m telling you that this is wrong. You must not simply look the other way and hope it goes away on its own. Bring it out in the open and deal with it in the authority of Jesus our Master. 4 Assemble the community—I’ll be present in spirit with you and our Master Jesus will be present in power. 5 Hold this man’s conduct up to public scrutiny. Let him defend it if he can! But if he can’t, then out with him! It will be totally devastating to him, of course, and embarrassing to you. But better devastation and embarrassment than damnation. You want him on his feet and forgiven before the Master on the Day of Judgment. 6 Your flip and callous arrogance in these things bothers me. You pass it off as a small thing, but it’s anything but that. Yeast, too, is a “small thing,” but it works its way through a whole batch of bread dough pretty fast. 7 So get rid of this “yeast.” Our true identity is flat and plain, not puffed up with the wrong kind of ingredient. The Messiah, our Passover Lamb, has already been sacrificed for the Passover meal, and we are the Unraised Bread part of the Feast. 8 So let’s live out our part in the Feast, not as raised bread swollen with the yeast of evil, but as flat bread—simple, genuine, unpretentious. 9 I wrote you in my earlier letter that you shouldn’t make yourselves at home among the sexually promiscuous. 10 I didn’t mean that you should have nothing at all to do with outsiders of that sort. Or with crooks, whether blue- or white-collar. Or with spiritual phonies, for that matter. You’d have to leave the world entirely to do that! 11 But I am saying that you shouldn’t act as if everything is just fine when a friend who claims to be a Christian is promiscuous or crooked, is flip with God or rude to friends, gets drunk or becomes greedy and predatory. You can’t just go along with this, treating it as acceptable behavior. 12 I’m not responsible for what the outsiders do, but don’t we have some responsibility for those within our community of believers? 13 God decides on the outsiders, but we need to decide when our brothers and sisters are out of line and, if necessary, clean house.
The purpose of this letter to us, is to teach us how to live out our lives authentically, powerfully, in a way that is productive in building God’s kingdom in the world.
“Everyone wants authenticity until your truly authentic.” -We are messengers
God created us for a purpose

Mourn Over Sin v1-2

Take it seriously!
Our sin separates us from God. We are rejecting our purpose and living for another purpose. Discipline gives opportunity for repentance, which results in true unity.
Discipline gives opportunity for repentance, which results in true unity.
Discipline gives opportunity for repentance, which results in true unity.
Paul only addressed the man, so we assume she was not a member of the church, and most likely not a believer. Had she been both would have been addressed. Ex Jesus with the woman caught in adultery, where is the man? Also as Paul said in verses 9-13 it’s not our place to judge/condemn the world but we are to hold each other in the assembly accountable.
“If a Christian loves his church family, he will not stand by and permit sin to weaken it and perhaps ruin its testimony.”
This sin was specifically named in .
Value what God values, be broken over what breaks His heart. mourn, humble, hunger and thirst for righteousness, pure
tells us to intercede for believers caught in sin in prayer.
tells us to help fallen believers
Mourn your sin and repent seeking revival and redemption.

Deal with it v3-5

This is not our purpose! This is not what we were made for or redeemed for.
Strong words, taken away from among you, deliver to Satan, purge out, put away. Sin is an infectious disease.
Matthew 7:1–6 CSB
1 “Do not judge, so that you won’t be judged. 2 For you will be judged by the same standard with which you judge others, and you will be measured by the same measure you use. 3 Why do you look at the splinter in your brother’s eye but don’t notice the beam of wood in your own eye? 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye,’ and look, there’s a beam of wood in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First take the beam of wood out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye. 6 Don’t give what is holy to dogs or toss your pearls before pigs, or they will trample them under their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.
don’t condemn but discern so that you may minister as needed in a way that is productive.
don’t condemn but discern so that you may minister as needed in a way that is productive.
Matthew 18:15–20 CSB
15 “If your brother sins against you, go and rebuke him in private. If he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he won’t listen, take one or two others with you, so that by the testimony of two or three witnesses every fact may be established. 17 If he doesn’t pay attention to them, tell the church. If he doesn’t pay attention even to the church, let him be like a Gentile and a tax collector to you. 18 Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will have been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will have been loosed in heaven. 19 Again, truly I tell you, if two of you on earth agree about any matter that you pray for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, I am there among them.”
process for restoration or revealing where on stands with God so we can properly minister to them.
This is the process for restoration or revealing where on stands with God so we can properly minister to them.
2 Thessalonians 3:6–15 CSB
6 Now we command you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to keep away from every brother or sister who is idle and does not live according to the tradition received from us. 7 For you yourselves know how you should imitate us: We were not idle among you; 8 we did not eat anyone’s food free of charge; instead, we labored and toiled, working night and day, so that we would not be a burden to any of you. 9 It is not that we don’t have the right to support, but we did it to make ourselves an example to you so that you would imitate us. 10 In fact, when we were with you, this is what we commanded you: “If anyone isn’t willing to work, he should not eat.” 11 For we hear that there are some among you who are idle. They are not busy but busybodies. 12 Now we command and exhort such people by the Lord Jesus Christ to work quietly and provide for themselves. 13 But as for you, brothers and sisters, do not grow weary in doing good. 14 If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take note of that person; don’t associate with him, so that he may be ashamed. 15 Yet don’t consider him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.
2 John 9–11 CSB
9 Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it does not have God. The one who remains in that teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home, and don’t greet him; 11 for the one who greets him shares in his evil works.
2 John 9
2 Thess 3:6-15
Don’t judge the world, but discern who are truly believers and who are not for the sake of ministering to those who need it according to their need.
Simon the magician and Peter.
Woman at the well, expressed knowledge of the messiah. Jesus confronted her sin for the sake of her restoration.
It’s awkward, it’s hard but it’s necessary!

Stand Apart v6-13

Image of Passover ex 12. Jesus was the lamb of God who shed his blood for our sin (1 ; ). No leaven was to even be found among them. It is the picture of sin, it’s small but powerful, a little but affects a large amount off dough. The whole church is to be unity and as pure as possible.
Be transformed
Romans 12:1–2 CSB
1 Therefore, brothers and sisters, in view of the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your true worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
Contact vs contamination v9-13
Contact is required to evangelize non believers. We are interacting with ppl living in active sin while rejecting the gospel in order to reveal the gospel so God will transform their hearts. Their sin done while rejecting does not affect our witness, our association is not in unity.
Contamination happens when we associate with ppl professing belief in Christ while living in opposition to Him. We are seen by the world to be in unity with them, and sharing the same beliefs and practices. We should seek to see them restored per God’s instructions that we referred to earlier but if they reject that restoration and prompting of the Holy Spirit stronger action is required, and still the goal is that God would use that strong rejection to restore them.
Be holy (salt and light)
Matthew 5:13–16 CSB
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
examples of sin in the Church
Contact vs contamination v9-13
Contact is required to evangelize non believers. We are interacting with ppl living in active sin while rejecting the gospel in order to reveal the gospel so God will transform their hearts. Their sin done while rejecting does not affect our witness, our association is not in unity.
Contamination happens when we associate with ppl professing belief in Christ while living in opposition to Him. We are seen by the world to be in unity with them, and sharing the same beliefs and practices. We should seek to see them restored per God’s instructions that we referred to earlier but if they reject that restoration and prompting of the Holy Spirit stronger action is required, and still the goal is that God would use that strong rejection to restore them.
2 John 9–11 CSB
9 Anyone who does not remain in Christ’s teaching but goes beyond it does not have God. The one who remains in that teaching, this one has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your home, and don’t greet him; 11 for the one who greets him shares in his evil works.
Be Victorious v5; .
Realize the life we were intended for.
When we are obedient the gospel is victorious! , they judged and he repented, then they were instructed to forgive. Goal was not to cause shame but bring conviction that leads to change for the purpose of restoring unity.
God who started a good work will finish it! God also uses our obedience through actions of love for Him to do His work in us and those around us.
Our gathering and obedience as an individual and as a family/community has eternal importance. We are building God’s kingdom, pushing back the gates of hell, and helping one another to have victory in each others lives!
Questions:
What will unrepentant active sin do to the church?
How should we respond?
What is the goal of discipline? Why is it important?
What is the difference between how we address sin in the life of believers vs sin in the life of unbelievers?
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