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Church Discipline: Sin, Grace, and Shepherding | 1 Corinthians 5

When was the last time you pointed out sin in a fellow Christian’s life and helped them to repent from it? As we continue our 1 Corinthians series with a look at 1 Corinthians 5, John Elmore shows us how the sinfulness of sin, the impact of grace, and the call to shepherd are essential to the health of the body of Christ.

John ElmoreApr 24, 2022
1 Corinthians 5:1-13

In This Series (10)
Sex and Glorifying God | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 15, 2022
Conflict: An Inevitable Opportunity | 1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Timothy "TA" AteekMay 1, 2022
Church Discipline: Sin, Grace, and Shepherding | 1 Corinthians 5
John ElmoreApr 24, 2022
The Resurrection Is the Remedy to Our Hypocrisy | 1 Corinthians 15
Timothy "TA" AteekApr 17, 2022
The Purpose, Plot Twists, and Power of Christ | 1 Corinthians 4
John ElmoreApr 10, 2022
Being a Healthy Church | 1 Corinthians 3:1-23
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 27, 2022
The Miracle of Spiritual Maturity | 1 Corinthians 2:1-16
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 20, 2022
The Miracle of Salvation | 1 Corinthians 1:18-31
Timothy "TA" AteekMar 13, 2022
Priority, Preference, and Power | 1 Corinthians 1:10-17
John ElmoreMar 6, 2022
Called, Gifted, and Kept by Jesus | 1 Corinthians 1:1-9
John ElmoreFeb 27, 2022

Summary

When was the last time you pointed out sin in a fellow Christian’s life and helped them to repent from it? As we continue our 1 Corinthians series with a look at 1 Corinthians 5, John Elmore shows us how the sinfulness of sin, the impact of grace, and the call to shepherd are essential to the health of the body of Christ.

Key Takeaways

  • As Christians, we have a commitment to care for the health and holiness of the body of Christ without condemnation and with a clear course of action.
  • Spiritually speaking, the church is an emergency room where sin should be expected (1 Corinthians 5:1).
  • Ongoing, unrepentant sin should be rejected in the church (1 Corinthians 5:1).
  • Enabling sin: We tend to overlook judgment in sins of greed, control, pride, worry, overeating, and other “normal” sins, and we tend to overextend grace when sin becomes patterned (1 Corinthians 5:1).
  • Hubris over humility (I Corinthians 5:2a): Humility is hard, healthy, and holy (Matthew 23:12). The antidote to hubris (pride) is humility; confess early and often (James 5:16).
  • Low view of sin = low view of holiness (1 Corinthians 5:2a).
  • The severe mercy of separation (1 Corinthians 5:2b-5): We are to grieve sin and to deal with sin in a way that is pastoral rather than punitive.
  • You ARE your brother’s keeper; see something, say something (Matthew 18:15-17).
  • Sin spreads: just as legalism can spread through churches, so can licentiousness (1 Corinthians 5:6).
  • Sin spreads personally, then corporately (1 Corinthians 15:33).
  • Sin eats the sweetness of the Lord within you and excretes what is poison (1 Corinthians 5:6).
  • Christ frees: you can either be a slave or you can be free, but you can’t be both (1 Corinthians 5:7).
  • Saints repent daily: the body sees, Christ frees, and repentance begets revival (1 Corinthians 5:8).
  • We make fellowship with lost sheep and break fellowship with lax sheep (1 Corinthians 5:9-11).
  • Shepherding sin in the church: Like an umpire calls balls and strikes, when we see sin in someone else’s life, we call it (1 Corinthians 5:12-13).
  • Church discipline is never quick, never a surprise, never final, never because of a particular sin, always due to an unwillingness to be shepherded, always a path back, and always motivated by love.

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • What sin can you confess with other believers to experience healing and freedom?
  • When you see sin in another Christian’s life, how do you typically respond? Do you tend to overlook judgement or overextend grace?
  • Can you identify any lost sheep to make fellowship with and lax sheep to break fellowship with?

Resources for Further Discussion

  • Suggested Scripture study: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13; 1 John 1:8; Hebrews 4:12; Matthew 23:12; Hebrews 13:17; 1 Corinthians 6:12; James 5:16; Luke 15:15-16; Matthew 18:15-17; 1 Corinthians 13:1; 1 Corinthians 15:33; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Proverbs 24:11-12; Ezekiel 33-34; 1 Timothy 1:20; Jude 23; Titus 3:10; Ephesians 4:15; Proverbs 12:1; Proverbs 13:24