SOAP Study - October 1, 2020

    10.01.20 | by Rocky Shack

    SCRIPTURE:

    1 Corinthians 5:1-13

    I can hardly believe the report about the sexual immorality going on among you—something that even pagans don’t do. I am told that a man in your church is living in sin with his stepmother.[a] You are so proud of yourselves, but you should be mourning in sorrow and shame. And you should remove this man from your fellowship.

    Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit.[b] And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church.[c] I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed[d] and he himself[e] will be saved on the day the Lord[f] returns.

    Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us.[g] So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread[h] of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread[i] of sincerity and truth.

    When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer[j] yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people.

    12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”[k]

    PERSONAL SOAP STUDY

    OBSERVATION: 
    • What verse stood out to you while you were reading?
    • What did you discover about God, yourself, and others?
    APPLICATION: 
    • How should this information impact your life?
    • What needs to be different about the way you are currently living?
    PRAYER: 
    • Take some time to talk to God about the things you just learned and how you want your life to look different. Give God thanks for revealing these things to you, ask Him for wisdom and courage to move forward so that you can apply these things to your life.

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    OBSERVATION: 

    One of the marks of a truly healthy church is how it deals with sin. In this passage, we see how the Corinthian church is handling an ongoing pattern of rebellious living against God. Paul is almost in disbelief when he learns about what has been happening between this son and his stepmother. For Paul, he is looking at this believer like “The Gentiles even have better sense not to be taking part in that mess.” Paul only deals with the man because he is a fellow believer stuck in this ongoing rebellion against God. So Paul removes the man from the church family with the goal in mind that it will drive the man to repentance and be delivered from this sin. Paul isn’t just handing out pink slips to everyone. He really has their best in mind and still hopeful for what God can still do in a person, but he does not avoid the conflict. Paul does what needs to be done. Why? Because Paul knows that left unchecked, sin can shake an entire church family. For Paul, sin is holding the church back from living as a new people in Christ. The Corinthian church should not have ignored this church member’s sin. It is not be the business of the church to judge the nonbeliever; however, it is family business for the church to handle the ones already on the inside.

    APPLICATION:

    I think we are confused about private and public life. Some of us may think that whatever we do is my business. However, if you are a confessing believer, what you do is God’s business because you are a part of God’s Church. And to go even farther, it is your church’s business because we are supposed to be a family. When you hear about a fellow brother- or sister-in-Christ caught in a web of sin, how do you respond? Does it break our heart and cause you to seek to rescue them? It should break our hearts, and it should become a family matter to us. Or, do we pick up the phone and start gossiping? Gossip does not love your brother or sister; it just loves yourself because you know something that others may not, yet. If the shoe was on the other foot, would you want people’s hearts to break for you, or would you want them to tell your business because they can?

    PRAYER:

    Almighty God! My heart breaks for my own sin, and it breaks for my brothers and sisters still in bondage! Set us free from the sin that binds us. Help us to see that your way is good for us! Help us to examine ourselves and be honest about what needs to change! Remind us that you are not done with us, yet! Remind us that we can still turn around by your Good Spirit!