SOAP Study - October 2, 2020

    10.02.20 | by Rocky Shack


    1 Corinthians 6:1-11

    When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers[a]! Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves? Don’t you realize that we will judge angels? So you should surely be able to resolve ordinary disputes in this life. If you have legal disputes about such matters, why go to outside judges who are not respected by the church? I am saying this to shame you. Isn’t there anyone in all the church who is wise enough to decide these issues? But instead, one believer[b] sues another—right in front of unbelievers!

    Even to have such lawsuits with one another is a defeat for you. Why not just accept the injustice and leave it at that? Why not let yourselves be cheated? Instead, you yourselves are the ones who do wrong and cheat even your fellow believers.[c]

    Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10 or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11 Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.


    • What verse stood out to you while you were reading?
    • What did you discover about God, yourself, and others?
    • How should this information impact your life?
    • What needs to be different about the way you are currently living?
    • 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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    Paul is looking at all of these lawsuits Christians are having against each other. For Paul, he is thinking about how the nonbelievers are always watching the Christians. It is a reminder that the world is always watching to see if the Christians will follow their own message. The Christians say to love each other; yet, they are suing each other left and right. Instead of making every effort for the sake of unity, it is more like making every cent for the sake of myself. They are using their mistakes as grounds to make money off each other, and the nonbelievers are asking themselves if they should be wanting to follow them. Paul is saying that before you go to the courts, there should be trusted church leaders to mediate between fellow believers. Why? Because it allows a church family to bring God’s perspective to bear on specific situations in order to settle arguments between members and provide resolution. When the church does not want to be a part of conflict resolution, the world will allow it their way. But, to call on nonbelievers to handle what the church should be. It is the church’s responsibility to handle family business not the world’s. When that happens, it does not bring glory to God in full view of nonbelievers, and it sows division in the church.


    By the grace of God, disciples of Jesus have been cleansed of guilt and shame by Jesus. We have been set apart by God and declared righteous before God. Because of that, we are called to live in a way that reflects all of that. We must live a life that reflects what God has done for us. That means that we have succeed with the “one-anothers.” Love one another. Care for one another. Build up one another. Honor one another above yourselves. If we do the “one-anothers” right, then we are not looking to do harm to each other. We are not looking to cheat our brothers and sisters. Instead, we look forward to conflict resolution because that is where God can win.


    LORD, thank you for loving me the way you have! Help me to love my brother and sister that way! Don’t let me have malice in my heart for anyone. Don’t let me magnify the mistake of my family member! Instead, help me to seek your victory! Help me to look for what the world would not. Resolve our conflict and keep us together!