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HOW TO DEAL WITH A BRETHREN WHO COMMITS SEXUAL IMMORALITY?
…A change in my title. ’Coz this is what Paul really teaches in 1 Corinthians 5. This is just a continuation of my XTREMELY LOADED MEALS 1 Corinthians menu. This time, I’ll make it short but full of instructions. *no sugar-coating*
HOW TO DEAL WITH A BRETHREN WHO COMMITS SEXUAL IMMORALITY?
Paul, in 1 Coritnhians 5 addresses the issue in the church of Corinth wherein there is sexual immorality (incest v1).
1 Now, it is actually being said that there is sexual immorality among you so terrible that not even the heathen would be guilty of it. I am told that a man is sleeping with his stepmother!
No one is to rejoice with that because those who are of God do not delight in evel but in the truth.
1 John 2:9
If we say that we are in the light, yet hate others, we are in the darkness to this very hour.
Paul instructed that the brother who commits sexual immorality should be expelled from the church.
v.5 you are to hand this man over to Satan for his body to be destroyed, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord.
…This means that we have to rebuke this brother with tough love. Let him go his way, and continue to do so until he is lead to repentance. It is for the destruction of his flesh.
Paul stated a metaphorical illustration of sin-yeast. Just like in the what God instructed the Israelites in the Old Testament when eating bread in Passover, the bread should be without yeast. And now, we also celebrate the Passover, with Jesus Christ as our Passover Lamb, we are also to offer ourselves to him with purity and truth.
v.8 - Let us celebrate our Passover, then, not with bread having the old yeast but with the bread that has no yeast, the bread of purity and truth
We are not of the world. We are set apart. But let us be also cautious of our fellow believer (if he professes as such) who is still dwelling in darkness and is committing immoral sin - we shouldn’t associate with such person. It is said, remove the evil person from your group.
11 What I meant was that you should not associate with a person who calls himself a believer but is immoral or greedy or worships idols or is a slanderer or a drunkard or a thief. Don’t even sit down to eat with such a person. 12-13After all, it is none of my business to judge outsiders. God will judge them. But should you not judge the members of your own fellowship? As the scripture says, Remove the evil person from your group. *** What does it tell about God? 1. Christ is the Passover Lamb and we are sanctified in Him. (vss 7-8) 2. God is the ultimate judge (vss 12-13) What does it tell about me? 1. be cautious of fellow believers (as they profess) who are still indulging themselves in sexual immorality. DO NOT associate with them (v11) 2. Present myself to God with purity and truth (v8) 3. Rebuke with tough love PRAYERS *Pray for those who profess their Christian faith but are still doing immorality *Pray for wisdom on how to rebuke those brethren *Pray for God’s grace to enable us to offer ourselves to Him everyday with purity and truth, like an unleavened bread *Pray to God to keep us from evil is a NO NO!
11 What I meant was that you should not associate with a person who calls himself a believer but is immoral or greedy or worships idols or is a slanderer or a drunkard or a thief. Don’t even sit down to eat with such a person.
12-13After all, it is none of my business to judge outsiders. God will judge them. But should you not judge the members of your own fellowship? As the scripture says, Remove the evil person from your group.
What does it tell about God?
1. Christ is the Passover Lamb and we are sanctified in Him. (vss 7-8)
2. God is the ultimate judge (vss 12-13)
What does it tell about me?
1. be cautious of fellow believers (as they profess) who are still indulging themselves in sexual immorality. DO NOT associate with them (v11)
2. Present myself to God with purity and truth (v8)
3. Rebuke with tough love
*Pray for those who profess their Christian faith but are still doing immorality
*Pray for wisdom on how to rebuke those brethren
*Pray for God’s grace to enable us to offer ourselves to Him everyday with purity and truth, like an unleavened bread
*Pray to God to keep us from evil
is a NO NO!
Till when can we say that GOD IS GOOD?
Some Tips for Devotion/Quiet Time with God
Quiet Time/Devotion is a personal time with the Lord. It’s a Quality Time with Him. It’s like a romantic date with Him where you want to say something to Him (through prayer) and He also wants to reveal Himself to you (through the Bible). This is an awesome time between you and God. Just like in a relationship, QT (Quiet Time) plays the role of ‘communication’. A relationship is not healthy with inconsistent communication, so we also have to be consistent in our talk with God - on daily basis.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Let us discuss here some tips or guidelines on how to go about with our Quiet Time with the Lord/Devotion/Bible Reading and Prayer.
- Start with a PRAYER
Our desire to read God’s Word comes from God himself. He places that desire in our hearts by His grace. What we need most before starting with our QT is prayer. Communicate with God. Take time to thank Him for the day (it doesn’t matter what time of the day you choose to have this special meeting with God). Let us ask Him to search our hearts and enable us to set our mind on Him. Ask him also to cleanse us from all impure thoughts and sins that we have committed. Then ask the Holy Spirit to lead us and guide us as we read the Word. God reveals His wisdom to us through the Spirit.
"But it is the spirit of Almighty God that comes to us and gives us wisdom. “
- Open your Bible and start reading
Now, it is a common question for starters “where/what book do I start with?”…Hmmm, I would recommend what our Pastor told us. Since it is important to read THE BIBLE (the entire bible), it is good to start from the very very beginning - the Book of Genesis. And since it is characterized as narrative, you will really enjoy it (God’s characteristics are revealed to every book of the Bible). Now, there are others who prefer to read the New Testament. That’s fine. Begin with the beginning of the New Testament - Matthew, and continue reading the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) and so on. PLEASE read in context, meaning, CHAPTER by chapter. DON’T: grab a bible, hold it tight, close your eyes (as if to make a wish), open it and read where your eyes lead you—and if you feel that it doesn’t suit you, do the same steps over again. STOP IT! The BIBLE IS NOT A HOROSCOPE.
I heard a trivia from a friend that if we spend at least 15 minutes a day in reading the Bible, we can finish it in a year!
- Grab your Notebook and Pen and take down notes
Many of us think that it’s okay to have our QT without jotting down some notes, or marking verses in the Bible. Hmmmm, I won’t underestimate that idea, but I believe that every QT experience would be more effective if we do jot down notes and/or mark our Bible. Why? For some people, things written down by their own hands are easily marked in their heads. It’s easy to remember, and if you would mark your Bible (especially the verses which struck you the most) you can easily go back to it when you open it. If you have pen and notebook for your QT, you can always go back to what God has been teaching you in the past days, weeks, months, or years. It’s also to remind you. (pen and notebook/laptop/blogs/etc. you can use these tools to keep your devotions recorded)
Now, what do I write? I would suggest an outline which I also learned from bible studies and from some leaders in our church.
The following are some suggested question which we may answer in our QT. If you can’t find a detailed answer to each question (if nothing is stated about it in the passage), you may leave that question blank. Focus on what God is telling you through the passage.
- What does it tell about God (God the Father; God the Son; God the Holy Spirit)? - In the passage that you read, how does God reveal Himself to You? What is His character that’s revealed in the passage? Find the verses and jot it down.
- What does it tell about me? - What does the story or passage suggest about our character as man/as a believer?
- What does it tell about my relationship with God and my relationship with other people? You can write here the application of the passage in your life. What does God tell you to do/to change/to act on?
- What should I pray for? From what God told you in you bible reading, write down the things you should pray for (e.g. if it’s about sharing God’s Word, ask God for courage and wisdom to do so; if it’s about controlling your temper, ask God to change your heart…etc.)
*You can mark the verse that has the greatest impact on you (you can highlight in in your Bible or write it down also)
- End with a PRAYER
Just as you have started with a prayer, communicate again to God to end your QT. Thank Him for the wisdom, for the learning, or for whatever the Spirit tells you to give thanks for. Then pray the things you listed down in the question “What should I pray for?”. Pray sincerely and include your personal prayer requests to God.
Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.
Summary of the Gospel (send invitations)
Have you heard of d GRAND WEDDING? It’s going to happen soon. For those who already received&accepted the invitation (GRACE written n front),we have been tasked by the Groom’s Father to send more invitations,though He did not show us the guest list. He knows who’ll respond & who won’t. So we just have to send the invitations!
Basically, I’ll first post related topics to the Summary of the Gospel:
“God as Creator" blogs have already been posted.
"God as King" has just started. More blogs soon to be posted.
Summary of the gospel:
a) Is the Creator—Genesis 1-2
and who is a gracious, loving God who provides for all people—
b) Is King—if He made it all, then He has the right to rule it all!
Psalm 47:7-8 - Supreme
Psalm 103:19 - intro
Dan. 4:34-35 – no one can question what he does
Therefore He has the right to make laws by which He rules His kingdom !
—> the 10 commandments (Exodus 20)
and the two great commandments (Mat. 22:35-40; Luke 10:25-28)
c) Is Judge—He will judge how well you’ve done regarding his commandments!
—just a creature created by the Creator, in his image (Gen. 1:27)
—but rebellious against God the king! (Rom. 3:10-12; 23)
—therefore under judgment by God the Judge (James 2:10)
Note Matthew 12:36
—> if you have to give an account for every careless word, how much more for all your actions and deeds which you know are wrong?
—penalty: Romans 6:23
3) JESUS CHRIST
is God and Savior
a) He is God incarnate — John 1:1, 14—he is unique, God in the flesh
b) Performed miracles to demonstrate his authority over creation—Matt. 11:5; John 11, etc.
c) Was sinless—1 Pet. 2:24; Heb. 4 (did the 10 and the 2 perfectly!)
d) Suffered a substitutionary death—the CORE of the gospel message!
***2 Cor 5:21—God made him who had no sin to be sin for us so that we might become the righteousness of God in him!
his suffering was what he deserved! the wrath of God!
and his righteousness is what we got!
1 Pet. 2:24
e) Rose again to life—1 Cor. 15:3-5
His resurrection guarantees ours!—John 14:19
what do we get from Jesus?
Total forgiveness of sins (Eph. 1:7),
Adoption into the family of God (John 1:12), and
Eternal life (Rom. 6:23; John 3:16; John 11:25-26)
4) OUR RESPONSE
A- ccept that you are a sinner and repent from your sins.
B- elieve that only JESUS and His death can save you from eternal punishment and that His resurrection guarantees victory.
(Rom. 6:23; Rom. 5:6-9; John 11:25-26)
C- onfess JESUS as your personal LORD and SAVIOR.
D- ecide to follow JESUS and live for HIM.
(2 Cor. 5:15)
Source: Ptr. Mel Cartera
Intro to GOD AS KING
For as there is a ruler in each country/organization/company/union, so does the whole world and the universe.
In my previous blogs, the character of God as Creator is discussed. The whole creation belongs to Him, including us as just part of His masterpiece. And it would be most reasonable that He shall rule over us all. If there would be the most appropriate being to take charge, to lead, and to rule over the world, it’s Him, not me, not you. If there would be someone who is rightful to make the laws, it is Him who rules.
I think this truth pesters every man (at least those who do not yet fully understand the truth that God is our Creator), because man usually doesn’t want someone to meddle in his life or dictate him what he should do. Man, today, wants to rule himself. He is more likely to apply the quote “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul”. But sorry, because this is not in line with the Design. Just like how I started with my “God as creator” blogs, I would repeat it, “It’s not about us”.
There is a King in this Kingdom - a King who is Supreme, Eternal, and Law Maker. We’ll share thoughts and verses on these 3 characters of God as King.
19 The Lord placed his
throne in heaven;
is king over all.
20 Praise the Lord, you
strong and mighty angels,
obey his commands,
listen to what he says.
21 Praise the Lord, all you
servants of his, who do his will!
22 Praise the Lord, all his
all the places he rules.
the Lord, my soul!
Soli Deo Gloria!!!
God bless everyone! =)
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