Failure to Deal With Sin in the Church
1 Corinthians 5:1-13

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The Sin of One Believer (1 Cor 5:1)

The Sin of the Church (1 Cor 5:2)

The Appropriate Corrective Action: For the Sinning Believer (1 Cor 5:3-5)

The Appropriate Corrective Action: For the Sinning Church (1 Cor 5:6-8)

Chart Summarizing the Truths Taught in the Illustration

A little leaven leavens the whole lump
  • Leaven = sin (especially the specific case of immorality Paul had mentioned)
  • One sin can contaminate the whole church in at least two areas:
    1. the reputation of the whole church
    2. the potential for this type of sinful behavior to spread and be increasingly tolerated
Clean out the old leaven Remove the sinning believer from fellowship with the church
You may be a new lump Restoring their reputation as an uncontaminated church
Just as you are in fact unleavened Positionally, God already sees them as holy
Christ our Passover has been sacrificed Jesus has already accomplished everything that was required to make it possible for the church to obey His commands and pursue holiness of life
Therefore let us celebrate the feast Let the church live the Christian life in light of Christ’s finished work
Not with old leaven Not under the influence of the old nature - not continuing to indulge the passions of the flesh (specifically malice & wickedness)
But with the unleavened (things) With holiness of life that when held up to the light is found to be pure

Paul Clarifies His Previous Instructions (1 Cor 5:9-13)

Points of Application: