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1 Corinthians 5:1-2

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Big Idea:  Under no circumstance should the church be ok with immorality in their members; they should either rebuke it or remove the one who is immoral.

1 Corinthians 5:1-2

Intro:  God and evil in the movies...

God is weak and Evil is strong 1 John 4:4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world.  NASB95
God doesn't care, but wants people to earn His help 1 Corinthians 10:13  No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.  NASB95
God is spirit and is not concerned with physical reality 1 John 2:6 the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.  NASB95

I observe several things hear, first, God is greater and more involved in everyday life than we give Him credit for; second, the place of breakdown is always the human element.

1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. 17The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.  NASB95

How do we live in a world of these lusts without getting caught up in them?  That is what we are going to look at for the next 7 weeks.  In chapters 5-6 Paul deals with this issue as it pertains to the Church.  But we know that it is the state of the individuals that determines the state of the church.

{We will find 3 major points made in these 2 chapters.  If we can understand and incorporate these three points into our lives they will transform how we live and how much we see the power of God unleashed.}

1It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife.

    • Immorality (πορνεία ) is sexual activity (mental or physical) outside of marriage.  This is in the mind as well since Jesus has set the standard in Matthew 5.
    • The particular immoral act was a man in the congregation had caused the break up and then married his stepmother.
      • Stepmother = "father's wife"
      • Caused the break up = 1 Corinthians 7:12 But to the rest I say, not the Lord, that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he must not divorce her.  NASB95
      • This was against the will of God...
        • Leviticus 18:88‘You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is your father’s nakedness.  NASB95
        • Deuteronomy 22:30  “A man shall not take his father’s wife so that he will not uncover his father’s skirt.NASB95
        • Deuteronomy 27:20  ‘Cursed is he who lies with his father’s wife, because he has uncovered his father’s skirt.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’NASB95

  1. This sin was of the type that even the Gentiles or those outside the church look at it as being particularly hiatus.  This isn't the kind sin that just springs up over night.  This is sin that has been arrived at over a period of time while other lesser sins were over looked.
    • Corinth was known to be a city of sexual pleasures.  The Corinthian believers would have come out of this kind of background.
  2. This was a sin that was "reported" meaning that it was well known, to the point of getting all the way to where Paul was. The first major point of purity is the "Hot Pot Phenomena"…you boil frogs by putting them in cold water and slowly turning up the temp.  [changing the label in order to soften the initial effect]

{This slow boil process is evident in the posture of the church as a whole.}

2You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.NASB95

    • [blue ribbon on nose of drunk]  The Church at Corinth has become arrogant about their condition.  They either thought that they were alright and the immoral nature of some of their members was covered under grace, or they felt that if it didn't touch them the church was alright.  In either case, the general attitude was that there was not a problem in the church.
    • The proper response would have been to see the problem and be sorrowful about the problem to the point of doing something about it…namely removing the one from their midst.
    • The unspoken truth about the person sinning is that they would have to have been taken through church discipline and found to be unrepentant (Matt. 18).  This is not just someone in the church who has blown it and when confronted by the truth of God's word repents.  This is someone who sees the wrong they are doing and refuses to change by either trying to justify the sin or simply ignoring the sin.

Big Idea:  How should the Church respond to immorality in a world full of immorality?  By removing those members in their midst who are immoral and refuse to change.

But here is the problem, what do you do when you are so close to the world and can't see the immorality for what it is?  How can we as a church maintain our purity before God?

    • Start with our own lives, learning to "love God" by making the choice to please Him each step (1 John 2:15). * Next we determine to walk together in the integrity of God's truth by spurring each other on to keep doing what pleases God (Hebrews 10:23-24  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; 24and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds,  NASB95) [descendants of immoral couple vs. moral couple]
    • Being serious enough about walking with Christ as a church to not confuse grace with license; removing those who will not repent of immorality.

Conclusion:  [My tooth]

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