Bible: 1 Corinthians 5:1-6:20

Church Discipline

5:1 It is actually reported that sexual immorality exists among you, the kind of immorality that is not permitted even among the Gentiles, so that someone is cohabiting with 1  his father’s wife. 5:2 And you are proud! 2  Shouldn’t you have been deeply sorrowful instead and removed the one who did this 3  from among you? 5:3 For even though I am absent physically, 4  I am present in spirit. And I have already judged the one who did this, just as though I were present. 5  5:4 When you gather together in the name of our Lord Jesus, 6  and I am with you in spirit, 7  along with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5:5 turn this man over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved 8  in the day of the Lord. 9 

5:6 Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast 10  affects 11  the whole batch of dough? 5:7 Clean out the old yeast so that you may be a new batch of dough – you are, in fact, without yeast. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 5:8 So then, let us celebrate the festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of vice and evil, but with the bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth. 12 

5:9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people. 5:10 In no way did I mean the immoral people of this world, or the greedy and swindlers and idolaters, since you would then have to go out of the world. 5:11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who calls himself a Christian 13  who is sexually immoral, or greedy, or an idolater, or verbally abusive, 14  or a drunkard, or a swindler. Do not even eat with such a person. 5:12 For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Are you not to judge those inside? 5:13 But God will judge those outside. Remove the evil person from among you. 15 

Lawsuits

6:1 When any of you has a legal dispute with another, does he dare go to court before the unrighteous rather than before the saints? 6:2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to settle trivial suits? 6:3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? Why not ordinary matters! 6:4 So if you have ordinary lawsuits, do you appoint as judges those who have no standing in the church? 16  6:5 I say this to your shame! Is there no one among you wise enough to settle disputes between fellow Christians? 17  6:6 Instead, does a Christian sue a Christian, 18  and do this before unbelievers? 6:7 The fact that you have lawsuits among yourselves demonstrates that you have already been defeated. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 6:8 But you yourselves wrong and cheat, and you do this to your brothers and sisters! 19 

6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived! The sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, passive homosexual partners, 20  practicing homosexuals, 21  6:10 thieves, the greedy, drunkards, the verbally abusive, 22  and swindlers will not inherit the kingdom of God. 6:11 Some of you once lived this way. 23  But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ 24  and by the Spirit of our God.

Flee Sexual Immorality

6:12All things are lawful for me 25 but not everything is beneficial. “All things are lawful for me– but I will not be controlled by anything. 6:13 Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both.” 26  The body is not for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 6:14 Now God indeed raised the Lord and he will raise us by his power. 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Should I take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 6:16 Or do you not know that anyone who is united with 27  a prostitute is one body with her? 28  For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 29  6:17 But the one united with 30  the Lord is one spirit with him. 31  6:18 Flee sexual immorality! “Every sin a person commits is outside of the body 32 but the immoral person sins against his own body. 6:19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, 33  whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 6:20 For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.

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