Scripture: I Corinthians 5

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1 Corinthians 5:1-13 (WEB) It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and such sexual immorality as is not even named among the Gentiles, that one has his father’s wife. You are arrogant, and didn’t mourn instead, that he who had done this deed might be removed from among you. For I most certainly, as being absent in body but present in spirit, have already, as though I were present, judged him who has done this thing. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, you being gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, are to deliver such a one to satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Your boasting is not good. Don’t you know that a little yeast leavens the whole lump? Purge out the old yeast, that you may be a new lump, even as you are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, has been sacrificed in our place. Therefore let’s keep the feast, not with old yeast, neither with the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. I wrote to you in my letter to have no company with sexual sinners; 10 yet not at all meaning with the sexual sinners of this world, or with the covetous and extortionists, or with idolaters; for then you would have to leave the world. 11 But as it is, I wrote to you not to associate with anyone who is called a brother who is a sexual sinner, or covetous, or an idolater, or a slanderer, or a drunkard, or an extortionist. Don’t even eat with such a person. 12 For what do I have to do with also judging those who are outside? Don’t you judge those who are within? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. “Put away the wicked man from among yourselves.”

Questions and Answers:

1. How were those in the church handling sexual sin within its congregation (I Corinthians 5:1-3)? The church was allowing the sin to continue.

2. What did Paul instruct the church to do (I Corinthians 5:4-5)? Paul instructed the church to hand over the sinner to satan, so that the sinful nature might be destroyed but the sinner might be saved.  

3. With whom did Paul say the church was not to associate (I Corinthians 5:9-11)? The church was not to associate with sexually immoral people within the church. 

4. Who was Paul judging and who was he not judging (I Corinthians 5:12-13)? Paul was judging those inside the church.  He said it wasn’t his business to judge those outside the church.


I Corinthians 5:6-8 (NIV) … (Paul is speaking) Don’t you know that a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough?  Get rid of the old yeast that you may be a new batch without yeast – as you really are.  For Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed.  Therefore let us keep the Festival, not with the old yeast, the yeast of malice and wickedness, but with bread without yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.


Ponder the verses above.  My Bible notes: Paul was writing to those who wanted to ignore this church problem.  They didn’t realize that allowing public sin to exist in the church affects all its members.  Paul was speaking about those who deliberately sin, feel no guilt and refuse to repent.  A little bit of yeast affects the whole batch of bread.  Blatant sins, left uncorrected, confuses and divides a congregation. Yeast is a symbol of sin.  Because Jesus has delivered us from the slavery of sin, we should have nothing to do with the sins of the past (old yeast).


I Corinthians 5:12 (NIV) What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church?  Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. …


We are to separate ourselves from but pray for those who are sinning within the church. 


We are to love unbelievers and interact with them in order to carry out Christ’s command to tell them about salvation.


Lord, I pray we will hold those within our church accountable for their behavior (I Corinthians 5:1-5).  Lord, I pray we will not copy their behavior but we need to be available to those outside the church so we can share the way to Jesus (I Corinthians 5:12-13).  In His name I pray.  AMEN.


“May you and I keep fellow Christians accountable and non-believers in our prayers.” <>< Dona