Textual Sermons

Scripture Reading:  1 Corinthians 5


1 Corinthians 5


1.     Eph. 5:25-27 - The purity of the church is the result of being cleansed by the blood of Jesus. We are to be holy & without blemish (through Christ).

2.     Church at Corinth not grounded in this truth, so much impurity within it.

3.     1 Cor. 5-6 - Addresses moral impurity & the church’s attitude toward unrepented sin in the lives of its members.


I.  WHEN OPEN SIN IN THE LIVES OF CHRISTIANS IS IGNORED, THE CHURCH BECOMES GUILTY OF SIN5:1-2, 6.  (Problem in l Cor. 5 is not only fornication, but also the congregation’s toleration of sin!)

    A.    Congregations Can Become Guilty Of Sin!

        1.     5:1 - Fornication among you.

            a. Type that repulsed immoral Gentiles (with step-mother).

            b. 2 Cor. 7:12 - The father was still living.

            c. Either married or living with step-mother.

        2.     Problem: They were tolerating this sin!

        3.     Congregations & sin (cf. Rev. 2:4-5; 3:16, 19).  Unless repentance, lose fellowship with Christ!  (2 Cor. 7:10-11 - They did repent!)

    B.        Toleration of Sin in a Church Produces Arrogance5:2, 6.

        1.     Hard to imagine!

            a. Perhaps due to the notion that they had wisdom (3:18), or had many spiritual gifts (1:7), considered themselves a great church (unaffected by this sin).

            b. Perhaps they said:  “This is a private matter – none of our business.”

        2.     Sin is deceitful & hardens hearts - Heb. 3:12-13.

        3.     They should have mourned (grieved) – 5:2.

            a. Word describes one’s sorrow over death.

            b. One’s spiritual demise should produce grief!

            c. Not a passive grief -- It leads to a corres­ponding action!

        4.     The removal of the wicked person from the congregation - 5:2.

            a. Implied:  Man would not repent.

            b. Stated:  Church had an arrogant attitude.

            c. Need:  Correct attitude & take needed action!

            d. Discipline is not enacted out of revenge or hatred -- grief over sin!



    A.    Such Action Is Not Unloving or Wrong - It Is Entirely Appropriate5:3.

        1.     Church discipline does not “judge” thoughts & intentions, it judges (disciplines) actions!  Therefore, Paul (though absent) could judge in the matter (having the facts – credible testimony - before him, 5:1).

        2.     We must not refuse/criticize authorized action against sin!

       3.     Discipline is both congregational (5:4) & individual (5:11) in nature.

    B.        Congregational Action – 5:4-5.

        1.     5:4 - “Ye being gathered together” – This is during an assembly.

            -With Christ’s authority!  (Divine power & apostle’s endorsement)

        2.     5:5 - “Deliver…unto Satan…”

            a. Identify him with the one he is serving.

                1)     cf. Rom. 16:17 - “Mark” - Take note, behold.

                2)     5:13 - Put away from among yourselves the evil person.”

            b. We will see the reasons for this action in a moment.

    C.    Individual Action – 5:9-11.  (Social isolation)

        1.     5:9, 11“Not to keep company with.”

            --No “mixing together” - No social contact with the offending party.

        2.     5:11 - “Not even to eat” - Implies condoning, approving of the person’s sin (cf. 2 Jno. 10-11).

        3.     2 Ths. 3:14“Note” (congregational); “do not keep company with” (individual).

        4.     This is a commandment of God!  Therefore, violation warrants discipline!



    A.    Destroy the Flesh5:5.

        -Destroy the flesh as dominate force in his life - Rom. 8:5-8; Gal. 5:24 (cf. l Tim. 1:20 - Might once more be led by the Spirit).

    B.        To Save the Soul5:5.  (By repentance - Acts 8:22)

        1.     Purpose is to save, not to condemn!

            a. Cause shame for sin – 2 Ths. 3:14.

            b. Not an enemybrother who needs to be admonished! – 2 Ths. 3:15.

    C.    Protect the Church From Sin – 5:6-8.

        1.     Toleration of evil increases sin!  (Leaven)

            a. Moral standards are lowered.

            b. To tolerate sin is to bear responsibility - Rom. 1:32 (Acts 20:26-27).

            c. Others are influenced to sin (cf. Rom. 16:18).

        2.     Purge out from the congregation the disposition to tolerate sin (& the sin itself) - 5:7!  (Purity illustrated by using the Passoverno leaven!)

        3.     Christian life is to be purged from sin! - 5:8



1.     Acts 5:1-11 – God’s attitude toward sin in His church!  (5:11)

2.     1 Cor. 5 - God’s attitude toward tolerating sin in the church!  Discipline it!

3.     Correctly applied discipline works! – 2 Cor. 2:6-8; 7:9-11