We need to be careful at times not to sidestep our responsibilities as a Christian, or as a church. It’s easy to have spiritual warfare with the things of this world because we see them and the horrible impact it has on our society and on God. But God has laid out for us [...]
Who we associate with in this world, and who we keep company with is very important to the Lord. We’re not talking about things you do, but your reputation in the world (although a person who keeps the company of a sinner will eventually become one himself). Paul addresses who our friends and companions [...]
There’s no such thing as a little sin being ok in your life. A little unforgiven sin taints the whole spirit of a person. A little sin allowed within the church will allow the whole church to be tainted. Paul addresses this allowing of sin in our lives and in the church in 1 [...]
Paul talks about the consequences of sin, both on ourselves and the ones around us, in 1 Corinthians chapter 5. You cannot sin without there being consequences.
1 Corinthians 5:3-5 “For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so [...]
I would like to revisit verse 2 in this Bible study today. Paul talks about a church, the Corinthian church in this case, who allows sin to dwell unaddressed within their congregation. But you can look at verse 2 from a personal standpoint also. Let’s look at this verse again.
1 Corinthians 5:2 “And [...]
Everyone sins from time to time. Even the pastor who is faithful and close to the Lord will commit sin. In reading 1 Corinthians 5:1, it is easy to lose sight of the point which Paul is making. Paul addresses a grevious sin of fornication that is not dealt with properly within the church.
Paul finishes chapter 4 of 1 Corinthians by giving the Corinthians a choice. He can come to them as a punisher, or one who rewards and comforts.
1 Corinthians 4:21 “What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?”
Life is full [...]
There’s several ways we can look at 1 Corinthians 4:18-20. It came to me in two different ways. First, let’s look at those verses.
1 Corinthians 4:18-20 “Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, [...]
1 Corinthians 4:17 is a verse about leading by example. Paul has been writing to the Corinthians about some of the problems they have in their church. They were divided instead of united. They had different factions who each followed someone else, and in some cases were not following Jesus. Paul has been correcting [...]
The Greeks and Romans had a phrase for trustworthy slaves who watched out over their upper class children, and monitored their moral progress. That word was paidagogos. Paul uses this word to describe the many people we have who have the responsibility of training us in the Scripture. And although there may be many [...]