1 Corinthians 5:1-13 - Expel the Immoral Brother

1. In verse 5:1, why does Paul say that the Corinthians are behaving worse than the gentiles (or pagans)? (Leviticus 18:8, Deuteronomy 27:20)

2. How can someone be proud of such immoral behavior? Have you ever bragged about doing something wrong? Of getting away with something?

3. In verses 3 to 5, how would you paraphrase what Paul tells them to do?

4. If you were a Corinthian church member, how would you explain to your pagan neighbor why this man had been expelled from the church (verse 5)?

5. Paul refers to yeast in verse 6 alluding back to what law? How is yeast frequently referred to in the Bible? (Exodus 12:15, Mark 8:15)

6. From the yeast imagery, what is Paul’s concern if this situation is allowed to go on without discipline (i.e., expelling this man)? How is this consistent with the “new bread” they have become?

7. Sidenote: In verse 7, why is Christ called “the Passover Lamb?” (Isaiah 53:7, John 1:29)

8. Before Communion, does the pastor of your church ever refer to the bread as representing something more than the body of Christ? (See Verse 8)

9. Why is there a difference between the way Christians should relate to those in the faith and the way they should relate to non-believers? (Verses 9-11)

10. Why should you not associate with a person such as Paul describes in Verse 11? (Remember, he is talking about “Christians.”)

11. Whose responsibility is it to judge believers in the church? What about unsaved people? (Matthew 15:15-18, Romans 13:1-5, Revelation 20:11-15)

12. In matters of discipline are you overly judgmental? Too permissive? Inconsistent? Helpful? Explain.

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