WEEK 2 - MOTIVATION FOR SEXUAL INTEGRITY
1 CORINTHIANS 5:9–13 (NASB95)
9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.
BEING A COVENANT COMMUNITY
Paul is calling the Corinthians to see themselves as a community in covenant with God AND with one another. The covenant community responds differently to the immorality of a covenant member than to that of those outside. It’s an important distinction Paul makes and highlights the responsibilities each have towards one another.
So with whom is the community not to associate?
Those so- called members who are practicing sin without repentance, and those who will not yield to the grace of God and to His transformation.
Have you ever tried to hold a person who isn’t in covenant with God accountable for some moral decision?
How’d that go?
What if someone owned a business and came to church every Sunday and claimed to be a Christian, but they regularly cheated people out of money. Wouldn’t it be remarkable if the Church community confronted them and made them pay everyone back, or they’d have to leave the church?
How would you feel if you got paid back what they stole from you?
How do you think you would feel if you were the business owner and the actions of the church caused you to repent and change?
Would you be grateful?