A shocking Report (I Corinthians 5; Job 18)

“It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife.” I Cor. 5:1

Several months ago I sat watching in almost shock as the news gave the chilling report of the killing of thousands of innocent people in Syria.  In my heart there was the outcry of vindication and the questioning of what was being done.

This must have been the same way in which Paul felt as he heard the shocking report of sin in the church at Corinth.  A man in the church was sleeping with his stepmother.

Question, “Are there any shocking reports in your life or in the life of your church?”  If so, Paul gives us a clear path to reconcile the shocking news:

1.  The church should mourn over sin, Vs: 1-2

To our surprise, the church was not in mourning.  Some were actually being arrogant.  Consider people’s responses when sin is brought to light: “No one is perfect, we are not to judge, don’t throw stones, it’s not our business, and that’s not as bad as some things.”  These responses clearly show the spirit of people who are quenching the Spirit and harboring a sinful attitude.

2.  The church should assemble and purge the sin from their midst, Vs: 3-13

How does this work?

A.  Assemble and remove the person who is sinning from the fellowship

B.  Assemble and examine our own lives to remove any sin from our lives

C.  Assemble and resolve to walk in holiness

Our response:

When the gospel is at work in a church, the church will be working at walking in Christlikeness.  The result will be shocking news to the community.  I Thessalonians 4:1-5, “They are living differently than the world.”  

Brothers and sisters, this is the news we should want the community to know about!!!

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