Passage: 1 Corinthians 4, 5, 6 (RSV)

1 Corinthians 4

1This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
2Moreover it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.
3But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. I do not even judge myself.
4I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me.
5Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then every man will receive his commendation from God.
6I have applied all this to myself and Apol'los for your benefit, brethren, that you may learn by us not to go beyond what is written, that none of you may be puffed up in favor of one against another.
7For who sees anything different in you? What have you that you did not receive? If then you received it, why do you boast as if it were not a gift?
8Already you are filled! Already you have become rich! Without us you have become kings! And would that you did reign, so that we might share the rule with you!
9For I think that God has exhibited us apostles as last of all, like men sentenced to death; because we have become a spectacle to the world, to angels and to men.
10We are fools for Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ. We are weak, but you are strong. You are held in honor, but we in disrepute.
11To the present hour we hunger and thirst, we are ill-clad and buffeted and homeless,
12and we labor, working with our own hands. When reviled, we bless; when persecuted, we endure;
13when slandered, we try to conciliate; we have become, and are now, as the refuse of the world, the offscouring of all things.
14I do not write this to make you ashamed, but to admonish you as my beloved children.
15For though you have countless guides in Christ, you do not have many fathers. For I became your father in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
16I urge you, then, be imitators of me.
17Therefore I sent to you Timothy, my beloved and faithful child in the Lord, to remind you of my ways in Christ, as I teach them everywhere in every church.
18Some are arrogant, as though I were not coming to you.
19But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I will find out not the talk of these arrogant people but their power.
20For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.
21What do you wish? Shall I come to you with a rod, or with love in a spirit of gentleness?

1 Corinthians 5

1It is actually reported that there is immorality among you, and of a kind that is not found even among pagans; for a man is living with his father's wife.
2And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
3For though absent in body I am present in spirit, and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment
4in the name of the Lord Jesus on the man who has done such a thing. When you are assembled, and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus,
5you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.
6Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?
7Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our paschal lamb, has been sacrificed.
8Let us, therefore, celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
9I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with immoral men;
10not at all meaning the immoral of this world, or the greedy and robbers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world.
11But rather I wrote to you not to associate with any one who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or robber -- not even to eat with such a one.
12For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge?
13God judges those outside. "Drive out the wicked person from among you."

1 Corinthians 6

1When one of you has a grievance against a brother, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?
2Do 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?
3Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, matters pertaining to this life!
4If then you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who are least esteemed by the church?
5I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no man among you wise enough to decide between members of the brotherhood,
6but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?
7To have lawsuits at all with one another is defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?
8But you yourselves wrong and defraud, and that even your own brethren.
9Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts,
10nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.
11And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
12"All things are lawful for me," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful for me," but I will not be enslaved by anything.
13"Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food" -- and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
14And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power.
15Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I therefore take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never!
16Do you not know that he who joins himself to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, "The two shall become one flesh."
17But he who is united to the Lord becomes one spirit with him.
18Shun immorality. Every other sin which a man commits is outside the body; but the immoral man sins against his own body.
19Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own;
20you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

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