WEEK 2 - MOTIVATION FOR SEXUAL INTEGRITY
1 CORINTHIANS 6:1–11 (NASB95)
1 Does any one of you, when he has a case against his neighbor, dare to go to law before the unrighteous and not before the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? If the world is judged by you, are you not competent to constitute the smallest law courts? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more matters of this life? 4 So if you have law courts dealing with matters of this life, do you appoint them as judges who are of no account in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Is it so, that there is not among you one wise man who will be able to decide between his brethren, 6 but brother goes to law with brother, and that before unbelievers? 7 Actually, then, it is already a defeat for you, that you have lawsuits with one another. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 On the contrary, you yourselves wrong and defraud. You do this even to your brethren. 9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10 nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
HANDLING DISPUTES WITHIN THE COMMUNITY
Paul passionately calls the Corinthians to see themselves as transformed individuals now living within the divine community. He reminds them of the sinful behavior of their past but then affirms them in the present reality--they are “washed, sanctified, and justified” through the work of Jesus. They should therefore think and live differently in this community. Paul explains that a proper understanding of the role and authority of the community will cause them to rely on its wise members to settle their civil disputes rather than on the courts of Rome. More important than any private property is the unity of the church.
Do you think it’s better to be wronged or defrauded than to take out a lawsuit against another believer? Why or why not?
Why did Paul think it was?
What are some things that are destructive to the unity of a community? Do you participate in those things? Do you challenge when others participate in those things in order to protect the unity of the community?