1 Corinthians 5: Evil Within

By what means do you think Paul received the news of what was happening at the church in Corinth?

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1 Corinthians 5:1 I’ve heard reports of sexual misconduct in your company of believers, of a nature that even unbelievers abhor—that a son is sleeping with his father’s wife.
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1 Corinthians 5:1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

When does tolerance go too far and become condoning of sin?

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1 Corinthians 5:2 You are feeling so good about yourselves when you should have grieved over the man’s conduct, as one would mourn a person’s death, removing him from your fellowship.
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1 Corinthians 5:2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

Why do you think Paul considers himself qualified to judge a situation when he’s not there and doesn’t know the people involved?

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1 Corinthians 5:3 I may not be there physically, but I am present in spirit, able to judge the situation and know what ought to have been done.
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1 Corinthians 5:3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed.

What was Paul’s justification for turning someone over to Satan.

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1 Corinthians 5:4 Under the direction and authority of our Lord Jesus Christ, call a meeting of believers and I will be with you in spirit and in the power of Christ
5:5 to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
King James
1 Corinthians 5:4 n the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Why do you think people were boasting about their conduct instead of being ashamed?

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1 Corinthians 5:6 Your boasting is not good at all. Don’t you know that just a pinch of yeast will leaven the entire batch of dough?
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1 Corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

Within a church fellowship, how important do you think purity is?

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1 Corinthians 5:7 Get rid of the corrupting leaven and be a new lump, free from contamination, for Jesus Christ, our Passover lamb, has made this possible through his sacrifice.
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1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us.

What does it mean to “keep the feast”?

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1 Corinthians 5:8 Keep the feast with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth, without the old leaven of self-serving, evil desires.
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1 Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

We have no copy of Paul’s letter that preceded our 1 Corinthians text. What do you think he said to them before?

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1 Corinthians 5:9 In my previous letter, I told you to avoid fellowship with people who live in sexual sin.
5:10 I didn’t mean you had to avoid all contact with promiscuous, greedy, cheating, or idolatrous people, because then you’d have to live somewhere outside of this world.
King James
1 Corinthians 5:9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

Where should Christians draw the line between “reaching out” to unbelievers and “hanging out” with them?

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1 Corinthians 5:11 I was saying you shouldn’t be hanging out with such people. Don’t be going out to eat and having fun with the abusive drunkard.
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1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

How strict do you think the church should be in dealing with sin within the fellowship of believers?

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1 Corinthians 5:12 have no interest in judging people outside the church, but we should certainly be paying attention to what is going on within our fellowship.
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1 Corinthians 5:12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

What should be our attitude toward sin among unbelievers?

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1 Corinthians 5:13 God will take care of those on the outside, but we have a responsibility to remove evil from within.
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1 Corinthians 5:13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.