3-Week Series: Double Blessing


Summary: We should not accommodate sin.


I Corinthians 5:1-13

S: Sin (church discipline)

Th: Live the Difference


?: How? How can we do it?

KW: Misses

TS: We will find in our study of I Corinthians 5:1-13 four “misses” we can make that enables us to accommodate sin.

The _____ miss is…





Version: ESV

RMBC 07 March 04 AM


ILL Notebook: Punishment

At breakfast one day, a newlywed wife eagerly waited for husband, John, to comment on her first attempt at homemade cinnamon rolls.

After several minutes with no reaction, she asked, "If I baked these commercially, how much do you think I could get for one of them?"

Without looking up from his newspaper John replied, "About 10 years."

Ouch, that hurt!

Have you ever wondered what you deserved?

Parents often wonder this.

When things go wrong with the kids, the thought is, “What did I do to deserve this?”

You know, it has been said…

ILL Notebook: Children (from 2-18)

You spend the first 2 years of their life teaching them to walk and talk. Then you spend the next 16 telling them to sit down and be quiet.

Somehow, the proportion of that doesn’t seem right.

It seems it should be different.


Well, for the regulars today, I hope you are remembering our theme for the year…“Live the Difference.”

Let me start out today by saying that…

1. Living the difference means that we seek God’s glory (10:31).

So…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

As believers in the Lord Jesus, we live differently than those that do not believe.

We live, not for our sakes or for our own needs, but for the Lord’s.

Living the difference means that we look beyond ourselves.

We look to how we might please God.

Not only that, but…

2. Living the difference means that we think differently about sin (Romans 6:11).

Paul will have much more to say about this when he pens the letter to the Romans.

But let us consider one thought he has there…

So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus.

Simply, Paul is saying that the issue of sin is to be dead one to us.

Sin no longer has a place in the Christian’s life.

We are to consider it in such a way that there is no room.

This means that it is to have no place in us.

This is how we are to think.

Yet, it is clear that there are a lot of us that don’t think this way, right?

For sin has a way of creeping into our lives, and we find that we are missing the mark of God’s standard, even as Christians.

He has directed us in one way to live, and we have chosen another.


3. When you have sin in your life, what choices are before you?

You know…

Sometimes, we ignore it.

We just go ahead and hope that the consequences won’t be all that bad.

Other times, we think that we are perfectly free to do what we want.

After all, God is a God of love and He wouldn’t condemn us for such things.

Sometimes, we just go for it.

It’s time for pleasure.

We will get right with the Lord later.

Or, we can shun it.

We can recognize that when we break God’s law, we also break His heart.

So, let me say this morning, without apology…


You see, we need to face the truth.

Sin has no place in our lives.

We may rationalize all we want, but the truth of the matter is, that the wages of sin is death.

Death is what sin deserves.

And this is the very reason why Jesus died.

Instead of us getting what we deserve, Jesus took it in our stead.

All the more, then, as believers we should give no room for sin.

But it does happen, doesn’t it?

We still miss the mark, don’t we?


5. We will find in our study of I Corinthians 5:1-13 four “misses” that enable us to accommodate sin.


I. The first miss is MISCONDUCT (1-2).

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.

The Corinthian culture of the day was a tough one for a Christian to live in.

The literal worship of sex dominated the city and permissiveness was the norm.

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