• Restraint and Guilt Devotional

    1 Corinthians 5:1

    The law should restrain Christians and inform how they deal with sin in the church. When we do not use the law as a restraint, Matthew Henry comments, “the heinous sins of professed Christians are quickly noted and noised abroad.” When this happens, the name of Christ is brought into disrepute. Let us seek, by the Holy Spirit, to use the law as a restraint so that others may see Christ in all His glory. View Resource

  • The Authority of the Church Devotional

    1 Corinthians 5

    Today’s passage is a proof text for question and answer 85 of the Heidelberg Catechism, which deals with how church discipline opens and shuts the door to the kingdom of heaven. Excommunication shuts the door by declaring that the excommunicated person is not a Christian. When this decision is made carefully and in accordance with Scripture, the word of church leaders carries biblical warrant, and we are foolish not to heed it. View Resource

  • Christ Our Passover Devotional

    1 Corinthians 5

    Christ’s sacrifice as the ultimate Passover gives us a knowledge of sin and its effects, freedom from its power, and confidence to mortify it that the old covenant saint did not fully enjoy. Consequently, we can cast out the leaven of sin from our lives as we rely on the power of the Spirit and remember who we are in Christ. Turn to the Lord and His people for help this day in putting sin to death in your life. View Resource

  • Church Discipline Devotional

    1 Corinthians 5:9–13

    The doctrine of justification by faith makes no sense if God is not a God of judgment. When people see God’s judgments in the church, they ought to tremble and must come to grips once again with their free justification through the blood of Christ. Do you encourage your leaders to provide true biblical discipline in your church? View Resource