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THE CHURCH BOUNDARIES (Kent Smith Notes 10/15/23)


1 Corinthians 5



Unwilling to endure or allow sinful conduct to continue




Illicit unbiblical behavior.

Publicly known immorality.

Sinful behavior that harms the reputation of the church and damages the perception and understanding of the gospel within the community.


1 Cor 5:1 It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and immorality of such a kind as does not exist even among the Gentiles, that someone has his father’s wife.


THE REBUKE (of the church)

Part one:

  • Spiritual Arrogance:

    • The presumption of grace

  • Failure to mourn:

    • No grief or sorrow over sin

  • Failure to Remove:

    • Maintain standards of holiness


Paul’s comments are to the church not the offender!

1 Cor 5:2 You have become arrogant and have not mourned instead, so that the one who had done this deed would be removed from your midst.



(To decide with authority)

Paul determines to deliver the offender to the destruction of his flesh, hoping for the salvation of his soul.


1 Cor 5:3-5 For I, on my part, though absent in body but present in spirit, have already judged him who has so committed this, as though I were present. 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, and I with you in spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 I have decided to deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Paul decided to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of his flesh, so his spirit may be saved.


THE REBUKE (of the church)

Part Two


Prideful of the acceptance of unholy behavior


1 Cor 5:6

Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough?

This is rampant in our culture today, and sadly more and more common in churches today.



Clean out the sin

Worship the Lord in holiness (sincerity and truth)


1 Cor 5:7-8 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed. Therefore let us celebrate the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.


THE REBUKE (of the church)

Part Three

Failure to accept authority

Paul had given instruction previously that were ignored

Failure to practice discipline

Paul reiterates his counsel to not associate with sinners that publicly defame the gospel


1 Cor 5:9-11 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people; 10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world. 11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one.



  • We do not judge the world.

  • We judge the church.

  • God judges the world

  • An Appeal to Scripture on the standard of holiness among His people.


1 Cor 5:12-13 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church? 13 But those who are outside, God judges. Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.

You shall purge the evil from among you.

Deuteronomy 13:1-5 For being a false prophet

Deuteronomy 17:2-7 For idolatry or worshiping other gods

Deuteronomy 19:15-21 For being a false witness

Deuteronomy 21:18-21 For being a rebellious son

Deuteronomy 22:13-27 For sexual immorality



Purge the Evil from among you.

EXCLUDE an unrepentant sinner who brings discredit to the church and the gospel, hoping for their repentance and restoration.



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