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  • January 2018
2018. 1. 13 | Disciplining the Unrepentant (1 Corinthians 5:1~13)         Speakers Jae Ryun Chung

1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father's wife.
2 And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this?
3 Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present.
4 When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit, and the power of our Lord Jesus is present,
5 hand this man over to Satan, so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.
6 Your boasting is not good. Don't you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?
7 Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast -- as you really are. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.
8 Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.
9 I have written you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people --
10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world.
11 But now I am writing you that you must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler. With such a man do not even eat.
12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside?
13 God will judge those outside. "Expel the wicked man from among you."

 

 

Reflection

A Mournful Response to Sexual Sin (5:1–5)

These days, it seems as if the world is becoming increasingly flagrant in its perversity and how far moral boundaries can be stretched. Wickedness continues to infiltrate the church and distort what is permissible and what is sinful. In the Corinthian church, the leaders are presented with a bizarre case of sexual misconduct: a man is sleeping with his stepmother, which is strictly forbidden in Scripture (Lev. 18:8). The offender feels no shame or remorse, showing a stance of arrogance instead. Paul therefore calls for the leaders to discipline the man by excommunicating him. As Christians, we ought to respond to sin with a sense of heavy remorse. It is only when we understand the depths of our fallenness that we will respond in humble repentance.

 

How do you respond to your own sins? How do you respond to the sins of others within the Church?

 

The Seriousness of Sin (5:6–13)

Why is Paul so harsh in this matter of church discipline? His goal is not to punish the offender but to protect the church and its testimony. When sin is ignored by the church, others begin to think there is nothing wrong with it, and it begins to spread. Sin that is accepted within the church is like yeast that spreads through a batch of dough. Even a small, barely visible amount can have a significant impact. The festival mentioned in verse 8 reminds the Corinthians to live out the Christian life in holiness and dedication to God and not according to the pattern of the world. God calls His church to be holy and different from those who do not know Him.

 

Do you think the church has become soft on sin in order to be more sensitive to non-believers? Instead of pointing out the faults of others, ask God to reveal areas of ungodliness in your own life.

 

A letter to God 

Lord, please break my heart for what breaks Yours. May I not accept the things of the world as the norm. May I hate what You hate and love what You love. Draw me deeper into Your Word, that I may experience a life of holiness and purity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

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