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,

           divorce, remarriage  

     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 

                        sinful arrogance

                        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
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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