1 Corinthians 5:1-13

1 Corinthians 5:1-13

– 1 Corinthians has Practical Counsel for Day-to-Day Christian Living. The Letter is Designed by
God to Teach Believers how to View Other Believers and How to Bless Other Believers
– Principles for Blessing One Another So Far…
– Praise, Worship & Serve God Together as Equals
– Hold Each Other Accountable, Sharing our Burdens with One Another
– The Goal of Holding One Another Accountable…
2 Cor 13:11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with

one another, live in peace…

– In 56 AD in Corinth, Paul tells the People at the Church to Hold Accountable a Man in Continual
Unrepentant Sexual Sin…
– A Huge Point…
– Based upon the Text and the Principles of Scripture, the Man in Sin REFUSED to
Repent… the Man’s Greater Sin was an Unrepentant Heart (the Sexual Sin was rather
Secondary)
1 Cor 5:1-5 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind
that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's
wife. 2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has
done this be removed from among you. 3 For though absent in body, I am present
in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who
did such a thing. 4When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my
spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to deliver this man
to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day
of the Lord.

– The Unrepentant Sinner was to be Removed from the Assembly… Why?
– Answer Part 1: to Protect the Assembly…
1 Cor 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
– Answer Part 2: to Bless the Unrepentant Sinner…
– their Removal from the Assembly is Designed for them to Suffer for their Sins
and Hopefully be the Context for their Repentance. The Goal is that they would
be Returned to the Assembly

– This is a Call for Tough Love…
– In the Process of their Removal from the Assembly, We are to be…
– Gentle
– Motivated to Provide Grace
– Humble
– an Encourager
– Pointing them to Christ & Away from Self

– But There Was Another Problem in the Corinthian Church…Up to this Point…
– The Assembly Did Not Hold the Man Accountable. The Church at Corinth was Accepting of
Unrepentant Sin…and were Not Holding Each Other Accountable. It was as if they were
“Boasting” that they could “follow their own Lustful Worldly Way” and Still be OK with God
because they were in the Assembly…
1 Cor 5:6-13 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole
lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are
unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore
celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but
with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote to you in my letter not
to associate with sexually immoral people— 10 not at all meaning the sexually
immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you
would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to
associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual
immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to
eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not
those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those
outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

– Is it Loving to…
– “Let him who has done this be removed from among you” (v. 2) Yes
– “Deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh” (v. 5) Yes
– “Purge the evil person from among you” (v. 13) Yes
– The Goal of Both Church and Personal Accountability is the Same: Restoration & Blessing. The
Same Principles of Love, Encouragement and Giving of Grace with the Hope of Repentance is in
View…
– While the Person is Under Church Discipline, as Individuals… We can:
– Pray for them
– We can Gather with them to Counsel them and Pray with them
– We can let them know we Love them & desire that they Honor God and Repent…
– but we cannot Worship with them at Church or Fellowship with them
Making this Our Own…
– Do we Ourselves Realize the Implications of Unrepentant Sin?
– Is the Sin of Presumption an Issue for us?
– Are we Willing to Personally Hold a Brother/Sister Accountable?
– Are we Willing to be Held Accountable?
– Are we as a Church willing to Undertake Church Discipline if Necessary?
– A Wonderful Heart Attitude to Pray For…

Psalm 129:23,24

Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous

way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting!

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