Preparing for Sunday - 1 Cor 5:6-13
Prepare your heart for Sunday by looking through these suggestions that will assist you in making the most of our time together.
You will find suggestions for thinking more critically through the passage, meditating more intently on the text, and tangibly putting scripture to action in your personal life and in our corporate body.
- Read 1 Corinthians 5:1-13 as a whole. Review the sermon from last week by listening and reviewing your notes. Listen by clicking here.
- Read 1 Corinthians 5:6-13 to focus on this week. Paul is continuing his rebuke regarding the sexually immoral man. What boasting is Paul referring to in verse 5?
- Paul begins to talk about leaven (a yeast to make bread rise). In verses 7-8, Paul is referring to the Old Testament Pentateuch (first 5 books of the OT), specifically the Exodus. What is leaven referring to and how has the sacrifice of Christ made us unleavened?
- In verses 9-11, why would Paul not want any association with the sexually immoral? What is the difference between the sexually immoral in the Corinthian congregation and the sexually immoral of the world?
- The judging that Paul expects the Corinthians to do is limited by what? Why does God judge those outside of the church? How does this reflect Jesus teaching in Matthew 18?
- The Sermon Study equipping class notes are available online for anyone wanting to dig deeper. Please review this week's notes to help study this passage. Click here for the notes.
- Reading how the congregation of Corinth was treating the sexually immoral man, how do you think the congregation responded to Paul’s commands?
- How have you (or are you) treated unrepentant sinful believers in the church? How does this compare with Paul’s instructions?
- How do you feel about what Paul says to do with the sexually immoral man, or anyone found to be unrepentant in sin? Can you claim that this is the authoritative Word of God and you willing submit to it? What would this look in our culture today to cast someone out and to not even to each with such a person?
- In today’s culture of churches of every flavor on every corner, do we trust that God will prove faithful if we are faithful to follow His commands here to the Corinthian church? Pray that we would find that every Word of God proves true by our faithfully living according to His promises.
- Pray to have God reveal your sin to you, through the Word, through the power of the Holy Spirit, and through the body of Christ.
- Pray for our congregation as a whole regarding our willingness and obedience to disciple one another and biblically address sin.
- How can the sermon and passage from this past Sunday specifically assist you in praying for our congregation and our leaders? Pray specifically for our spiritual leaders and their discernment over our congregation.
- Click the links below to find the lyrics and recordings of the songs planned for our gathering this Sunday; practice the songs, study the lyrics and sing together.
- Pray for those leading our corporate gathering this week and for the Holy Spirit’s work as the Word of God is further explained and applied: Dawson Bryant: music; Rob Stouffer: Elders' prayer and Scripture reading; Bret Capranica: teaching.
Songs for Sunday
- A Mighty Fortress
- Alas, and Did My Savior Bleed
- Come Thou Fount, Come Thou King
- Have Mercy on Me