Summary: Exposition of 1 Cor 5:6-8, second in three part series on church discipline, regarding the purity of the Bride of Christ
Text: 1 Corinthians 5:6-8, Title: Dung in the Brownies, Date/Place: NRBC, 9/12/10, AM
A. Opening illustration: Joshua Harris, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, story of wedding, p. 13-14
B. Background to passage: this is in the middle of Paul’s teaching about some shortcomings in the church that Paul wants to correct. He is dealing with the man who is sleeping with his step mother. He told them last week that they should be outraged and morning over this sin, and that they should judge the brother, turning him over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh.
C. Main thought: In this text Paul gives the reason why he is so passionate about this issue.
A. Sin spreads like cancer (v. 6)
1. Glorying not good, covered that last week. The issue here is sin. Paul likens it to yeast (a common OT metaphor, dating back to the time of the Passover). He says here that this man’s sin, and the church’s toleration for it is a sure recipe for spiritual shipwreck. He says that a little bit of sin will infect the whole church. It will spread and foster other sorts of sin in others. Sin is no respecter of persons. It is deadly. Its mission is to destroy lives, and it is very efficient in doing so. And Christ takes very seriously the damage to His bride caused by sin, and is willing to do whatever it takes to protect her from it.
2. Pro 13:20, 2 Tim 2:16, Heb 12:15, 2 Pet 2:1-2, 1 Cor 15:33
3. Illustration: cancer surgery/treatment usually starts tomorrow, dung in the brownies, one drop of HIV in a blood transfusion, at the hospital they tell you to stay away from those who have a compromised immune system, tell about Peru and the glitter on the hands of the little children, tell about the elder at Chuck Swindoll’s church who had an affair, nothing was done, and many fell to the same sin the next five years
4. We don’t fear sin. We don’t take it’s consequences seriously. We toy with it, ignore it, even encourage it in some circumstances. We must realize that sinning members who are not fighting sin will poison the entire body. People are generally not concerned about the purity of the church! Maybe we think it is a lost cause? It was incredibly difficult to find illustrations of purity of the church, rather than in the church. What if we treated sin like we treat the flu? Even when helping those caught in a sin, guard your heart, realize your vulnerability. But when brethren persist and refuse to repent of sin, the church will suffer. And that’s why Paul tells them to get rid of the leaven. Lovingly, brokenly purge out those among you that openly, brazenly, guiltlessly, rebelliously, refuse to fight sin. Pray that God would help you fear sin, hate sin, make war on sin, kill sin, run from sin, and plead with others to do the same. For the sake of the weak, and sick, please don’t bring sin around. You could be responsible for the downfall of baby Christians, for the weakness of the church. Wayne and Bryan and their hang up with Mark because of his work behavior, and the harm to the church.