What did you learn about the church in the previous lesson?
How would you ensure that your local church becomes a blameless church?
Main Text: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13.
Memory Verse: Our fathers disciplined us for a littlewhile as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in his holiness. – Hebrews 12:10.
The Church of Pentecost has a divine destiny, being marked out distinctively by her unique covenant and relationship with God dating back as far as 1931. The covenant has two parts – God’s part and the Church’s part. One of God’s part is His promise to, from time to time, prune and purge His Church of all parasites, pests, personality cults, false doctrines, and social and religious evil in order to make the Church holy and radiant to avoid spiritual decline and apostasy. In the main passage, Paul wrote to the church in Corinth not to condone sexual immorality but discipline people who indulge in such practices.
Today, we shall look at church discipline as God’s tool for ensuring the corporate holiness of the church.
What was the nature of the immorality in the Corinthian church and how did Paul react to it? Verse 1-3.
How is the local church to treat brethren who fall into open sin? Verse 4-11.
How do you understand the phrase “Hand him over to Satan”? Verse 5
For what reasons do we sometimes fail to report issues of misconduct of members/officers when these come to our personal attention? What is the effect on the church?
How is the local church affected by the sinful life of a church member?
A brother in the Corinthian church was sleeping with his father’s wife and the church leadership had failed to discipline him. Paul was enraged at this state of affairs and rebuked them for seeing nothing wrong with what was going on. Immorality is like yeast; if it is allowed to continue, many people in the church will imitate it thinking there is nothing wrong with it. Human beings learn by association that is why bad company corrupts godly character (1 Cor. 15:33). The church leadership is expected to, in the spirit of love, confront members who live in immorality and apply appropriate disciplinary actions. Disciplinary sanctions in the church of Pentecost include warning, open or public rebuke, suspension from full membership for members, revocation of office, demotion, downgrading, and excommunication.