A. Text: I Corinthians 5:6-7APPLYING LESSONS FROM THE TEXT:1. Context:B. The church at Corinth ignored a situation because of their arrogance. I have been told many times that the church in Butler would never tolerate error.a. Fornication is going on in this congregation V.1
I. Know ye not that A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump (SIN IS CONTAGIOUS)
A. When we think of leaven we think of the substance that causes dough to rise, or increase in size. The Bible speaks of it in this way as well; for example - (Exodus 12:1-18).II. Purge therefore out the old leaven1. The Bible also speaks of leaven as false doctrines (Matthew 16:1-12).B. All it takes is a little leaven to shipwreck the faith of many.
A. The church needs to “purge” (remove) those who are openly unfaithful:III. That ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened1. We are to withdraw ourselves from the disorderly II Thessalonians 3:6B. In the context of I Corinthians 5 we learn that we are not even to eat with those brethren that are unfaithful (I Corinthians 5:9-11).a. But, we are also to admonish them to be faithful. II Thessalonians 3:14-152. The divisive we are to mark and avoid. Romans 16:17-18 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.” NOTICE WHY – THEY WILL DECEIVE OTHERS
A. We cannot forget that we have been purged from our sins (II Peter 1:9).Conclusion:1. How?a. In part - We repented (walked away from our sins) and were baptized (Acts 2:38).
The body of Christ needs to work together (I Corinthians 12:14-27). When the leg starts to kick the other leg, and the arm starts to fail the body no longer functions properly. It is time to remove some parts so that the whole body does not burn in hell. (Matthew 5:29-30) “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.” - NAME THE MEMBERS WHO NEED TO REPENT OF DIVISIVENESS OR BE PURGED!!!
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