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Week 44 Day 2
This is trouble with a capital T
Paul addressed the following problems in the Corinthian Church
a) divisions caused by picking favorites among the leadership
b) sexual immorality among church members
c) how to distinguish between truth and falsehood
d) christians suing christians
e) celibacy, marriage, separating from non-christian partners,
f) eating meat that was sacrificed to idols in pagan worship
g) should pastors be paid
h) use, misuse and abuse of holy communion
i) use, misuse and abuse of spiritual gifts
including prophecy and speaking in tongues
j) doubts about the resurrection
Can a church with all these problems survive?
Can they stand fast and witness for Jesus?
As you read Corinthians
you can hear Paul's anger and frustration
in that he has to take time away
from spreading the gospel
in order to deal with in-fighting
and all the rest
You can also hear his faith hope and love
The church will survive
not because of who they are
(weak and immature)
but because of who God is
(strong in grace love and faithfulness).
IMMORALITY AND LAWSUITS
These things must not exist among you.
I Corinthians 5 & 6
1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among
you, and such as is not even named among the Gentiles--that a
man has his father's wife! 2And you have not mourned, that he
who has done this deed might be taken away from among you.
3 I, as absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged
him who has done this deed. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus,
when you are gathered together, 5deliver such a one to Satan
for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved
in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump.
8Let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven
of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of
sincerity and truth.
1Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law
before the unrighteous, and not before the saints? 2Do you not
know that the saints will judge the world? And are you unworthy
to judge the smallest matters? 5 Is there not a wise one among
you, even one, who will be able to judge between his brethren?
7 It is already an utter failure for you to law against one another.
Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let
yourselves be cheated? 8No, you yourselves do wrong and cheat,
and you do these things to your brethren! 9Do you not know that
the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor
adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, 10nor thieves, nor
the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. 11Such were some of you. But you
were washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord
Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.
13The body is not for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and
the Lord for the body. 15Do you not know that your bodies are
members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ
and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!
18Flee sexual immorality. Every sin a man does is outside
the body, but he who commits sexual immorality sins against
his own body. 19Your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not
your own? 20You were bought at a price; therefore glorify
God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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