Summary: Exposition of 1 Cor 6:1-8 regarding the brethren who are suing one another, and the kingdom perspective needed to remedy the situation
Text: 1 Cor 6:1-8, Title: Stupid Losers, Date/Place: NRBC, 9/26/10, AM
A. Opening illustration: fictitious marital spat: he just made the comment that she should be more careful when she uses the lawnmower, and she reacts and says that he is never careful with anything except what is important to him, and he is only concerned with himself and not her. Doors slam, and all day long the pot is stewing, pressure is building, and both are thinking of all the reasons that they are right, and what they are gonna say when they get home; watch out! Then it all breaks loose when they get home, tempers flare, words exchanged, names called, accusations made, examples given; and finally she piles up the guilt and examples of his selfishness not that he would repent, but that his anger seethes, and he leaves to cool off before this really gets out of hand. She won! She was righter! Victory is sweet! Or is it?
B. Background to passage: First item up for bids was division in the church. Next item up for bids is man sleeping with his step mom. Third item up for bids is a brother suing another brother!
C. Main thought: in the text we will see three needs for an eternal perspective on severe conflict
A. Significance of Things (v. 1-3)
1. If you thought Paul was harsh or indignant with the Corinthians in dealing with division/carnality or with sexual immorality in the camp, he is just getting started. In 5, he tells them he is not trying to shame them, here he tells them that he is. Paul transitions from the last verse in chapter five about judging those who are outside, and deals with going outside for inside problems. The English doesn’t really convey his outrage. He says, “How dare you!” One believer had a grievance with another, and they were taking it to the secular courts. Later in the text, we can infer that this may have been a leader in the church and regarding some sort of property or business dispute. And so Paul gives his first reason and argument for that reason why they shouldn’t do what they are doing the way they are doing it—in view of kingdom concerns, this is a small matter. Two ways he says saints will judge much bigger things, so shouldn’t we be able to handle the smaller; saint will judge heavenly things, so shouldn’t we be able to judge earthly things. Relative to eternal treasures, this is an insignificant thing to argue over, let alone to sue over.
3. Illustration: King Henry IV of France once asked the Duke of Alva if he had observed the great eclipse of the sun that had recently occurred. "No," said the duke, "I have so much to do on the earth that I have no leisure to look up into heaven." Commenting on this, Thomas Brooks said, "It is sad to think how heart and time are so taken up with earthly things that we have no leisure to look to Christ and the things that belong to everlasting peace." We are early for the game but late to the worship (see below)