What’s Right is More Important Than Who’s Right

2023 March  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  41:23
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Challenged By Our Social Nature

which means that we like to know who is in charge, or we like to be in charge. We like to know our rights and want to exercise our rights. The result is that, in all gatherings, social relationships don’t always go smoothly.
There is one reality about the church that we have to be aware of:

Church is a Social Gathering

but it can never be only a social gathering. We are the called-out-ones, made part of the church by the saving grace of God. We are not called to be just a Christian social club, though.
Because the

Church is Also a Family

because we are made the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ, and the

Church is the Body of Christ.

meaning we are members of one another.
So what do we do in such gatherings when there is a complaint from one against another? Paul has been dealing with the effects so far in 1 Corinthians, and now he will talk about healing the effects of those complaints, under Christ.

When Believers Struggle With Rights

1 Corinthians 6:1 ESV
1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?
There will come a time...

When Believers Share Christ’s Reign

We Will Judge the Unbelievers

1 Corinthians 6:2 ESV
2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases?
We Need to Practice Righteous Judgement

We Will Even Judge Angels

1 Corinthians 6:3 ESV
3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!

Practice Righteous Judgement With One Another

1 Corinthians 6:4 ESV
4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church?

Is Anyone There Wise Enough?

1 Corinthians 6:5–6 ESV
5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?

Who is Right Is the Wrong Question

1 Corinthians 6:7 ESV
7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?

What is Right Is the Right Question

1 Corinthians 6:8 ESV
8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!
What is Really Important :

What is Right In God’s Sight

1 Corinthians 6:9 (ESV)
9a Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?

An Uncomfortable List of Sins

1 Corinthians 6:9 (ESV)
9b Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
1 Corinthians 6:10 ESV
10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

Be Reminded Of Grace

1 Corinthians 6:11 (ESV)
11a And such were some of you.
It’s Time To

Live As A New Creation In Christ


Our True Life

1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV
11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Washed by His Blood

Sanctified by His Spirit

Justified by His Sacrifice

How Then Are We To Live?

In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
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