At-Home Bible Study

This page contains an interactive Bible study that you can do at home.  These Bible studies are changed each week, and they coordinate with the Bible lessons taught in Morningside's Sunday School each Sunday.

The At-Home Bible Study is easy to use.  Simply print this page, get your Bible and a pen or pencil, and begin learning.  If your Bible isn’t handy, click on the verse references to read the Bible verses on your computer screen.  The studies are interactive, so you will be asked to read specific scripture verses and answer questions.  You'll be amazed how much you will learn from God's Word, the Bible.

Bookmark this page and come back each week to study the Bible in your own home.  To further your Bible learning, come to Sunday School at Morningside Baptist Church each Sunday at 8:45 a.m.

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September 21, 2014

1 Corinthians 5 - 6

Spiritual Babies, Part 3

 

 

 

Parents are so proud and excited when their little ones learn to talk.  A child’s first words are music to its parents’ ears – “Dada” and “Mama.”  Very soon, however, little children learn another word that doesn’t produce as much joy and pride – “Mine!”

Small children are very selfish because their focus is on themselves.  They are most concerned with what pleases them, meets their immediate needs, and makes them happy.  That’s why playground fights are so common.  Little children don’t know how to make proper judgments between right and wrong, share, wait their turn, or make wise choices.  They must learn those things.

The same is true of spiritual babies.  In the last two lessons you have discovered eight characteristics of spiritual babies.  This lesson tells about three more.

1 Cor. 5:1

What was commonly reported about the Corinthian church?

 

How serious was this sin?

 

1 Cor. 5:2

“And ye are __________ up, and have not rather ___________.”  What should they have done with this man?

 

1 Cor. 5:3-4

Paul said the church should gather in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and take action.

 

1 Cor. 5:5

What were they supposed to do?

 

The man in question was a church member (verse 1) and a professed believer (verse 11).  They were to turn this man out of the church and turn him over to the power of Satan.  If Satan killed the man he would stop sinning, saving himself further shame and loss of rewards at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

1 Cor. 5:6

“Your ____________ is not good.”  They were proud of their forgiving and tolerant attitude, not realizing one member’s sin affects the whole church.

 

1 Cor. 5:7

Leaven is a symbol of sin.  What should they do?

 

Spiritual babies tolerate sexual immorality in the church.  In the name of forgiveness they tolerated immorality among the church members.  Immature believers don’t understand that such sin hurts the testimony of the church, affecting all of the members.  Next Paul told them how to relate to believers practicing open sin.

1 Cor. 5:9

How were they to relate to fornicators?

 

1 Cor. 5:10

Was he talking about lost sinners?

 

1 Cor. 5:11

Should we even eat with someone who claims to be a Christian but still practices habitual sin?

 

Withdrawal of fellowship (Eph. 5:11; 1 Thess. 5:22; 2 Thess. 3:6) serves two purposes: (1) since faithful Christians will not associate with him, it lets the sinner know something is wrong with his lifestyle; and (2) it protects the testimony of the faithful Christian.

1 Cor. 6:1-8

What were they doing to one another?

 

Spiritual babies take one another to court.  They were taking petty disputes that could have been settled in the church to civil court, displaying their dirty laundry for everyone to see.  In our day churches are not allowed to settle legal disputes (such as inheritance and child custody), so there are times when Christians cannot avoid the courts.  As a general principle, though, it is best to settle disputes between believers within the church if possible. 

1 Cor. 6:9-10

Will sinners inherit the kingdom of God?

 

1 Cor. 6:11

We, too, were sinners before Christ saved us.

 

1 Cor. 6:13

“Now the body is not for _______________, but for the ________.”

 

1 Cor. 6:15

Who does your body belong to?

 

“Shall I then take the members of __________, and make them the members of an __________? God __________.”

 

1 Cor. 6:16

What happens when you are joined to a harlot?

 

1 Cor. 6:18

What should we flee, and why?

 

1 Cor. 6:19

What is your body?

 

Does your body belong to you?

 

1 Cor. 6:20

Why should you glorify God in your body?

 

Spiritual babies do not use their bodies to glorify God.  They carelessly engage in sin because they don’t understand that their body belongs to Jesus Christ.

Concluding Thoughts: Paul severely rebuked the Corinthian believers for their spiritual immaturity.  In this lesson you discovered the last three characteristics of spiritual babies:

1.     Spiritual babies tolerate sexual immorality in the church.

2.     Spiritual babies take one another to court over things that could be settled in the church.

3.     Spiritual babies do not use their bodies to glorify God.

Do you see any of those characteristics in your life?  If so, confess them as sin.  Tell God your body belongs to Jesus Christ and make a commitment to stay away from sin at all costs.  Do it now.

 

Project: Memorize 1 Cor. 6:19-20.  Use your body as an instrument of righteousness for God (Rom. 6:13).  Don’t forget to read the Bible and pray every day, and go to church. 

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