When you think about suffering, what comes to mind? Do you envision bedraggled children with distended stomachs, a hospital patient hooked up to life-sustaining medical equipment, or a courageous veteran dealing with the aftermath of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Adversity seems to be a common denominator to human existence, but what does the Bible have to say about suffering?

Jesus spoke to His disciples about suffering. One of the most well-known verses reads, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Matthew 16:24 ESV). The Greek word for cross in this verse is staurós. It refers to the crossbeam which the lowest criminals carried as they trudged toward their execution. The cross symbolized degradation and indescribable pain as well as sacrifice.

While the invitation to eternal life is free, it comes at a price–certain suffering.



Sin In Christ’s Church
New Hope Community Church / Mike Keith
I Corinthians 5:1-13 / February 25, 2024


A. Comparing Two Responses to Sin (1-5)

1. Response of the Corinthian Church

    • The sin was of common (1a)
    • The sin was of uncommon (1b)
    • The sin had become cause for (2a)
    • The sin should have been cause for deep (2b)


2. Response of the Apostle Paul

    • The matter was to be treated with a sense of (3)
    • was to be made about the person involved (3)
    • A response was to come with the church under the direction of the spiritual leadership (4a)
      A response was to be made by the of Christ (4b)
    • The covering of the church is to be removed (5)

B. A Call to Embrace God’s Standard Regarding Sin (6-13)

1. Sin is — it spreads! (6b)

2. Sin is not to be — we have been set free! (7a)

■ We are to ourselves from sin (7a)
■ For we have in fact been from sin (7b)
■ Christ is the of God Who has died in our place(7c)

3. Sin is to be from our lives (8)

■ Israel – 7 day’s devoted to God for freedom from
■ The Church – lives devoted to God for freedom from
■ The ‘feast’ symbolizes a life of complete to God

4. Sin in the Church calls for a response (9)

■ He warns against ‘closely’ with the unrepentant
■ He is speaking of believers who actually sin (11)
■ He calls for judgment and church (12b,13b)

Personal Reflection

1) The goal of church is twofold —

• Goal #1: Maintain purity in Christ’s Church
• Goal #2: Restore the disobedient one to repentance (2 C 2:7)

Key: We must maintain the balance of and

2) We must not dismiss Paul’s teaching as “not pertaining to me”

Key: Day by day keep drawing near to God (Ja 4:6-10)