Delivering Over to Satan (1 Corinthians 5:1-13)

Delivering to Satan
1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Luke 15:11-32

God gives discipline for the reverence of His name, the restraint and rescue of the flock, and the restoration of the sinner.

I.    The Reverence of God (vv. 1-2)
    A.    What Our Sin Says About God
    B.    Discipline Guards God’s Honor (vv. 1-2)

II.    The Restraint and Rescue of the Flock (vv. 6-13)
    A.    A Little Leaven is Dangerous (vv. 6-8)
    B.    Not Associating? (vv. 9-13; cf. Matthew 18:17-18; 1 Timothy 5:20)

III.    The Restoration of the Sinner (vv. 3-5)
    A.    Keeping the Goal in View (vv. 3-5)
    B.    Why this is Hard (Luke 15:11-32; 2 Corinthians 2:5-11)
    C.    Our Situation
    D.    Theologians of the Cross at the Table of the Lord (1 Corinthians 10:12)

Discussion Starters

1.    Monday—How does your behavior reflect upon God to a watching world? Do you grieve over your sin, knowing that it brings dishonor to God?
2.    Tuesday—What does it mean that a little leaven, leavens the whole lump? What are some ways you have seen sin spread?
3.    Wednesday—What does it mean that the elders are obligated to protect the congregation from theological and moral dangers? What are some reasons it might be appropriate to bar someone from attending worship or fellowship gatherings of the church? 
4.    Thursday—How is church discipline meant to help bring restoration to the one guilty of sin? Is excommunication necessarily the last word or is there hope?
5.    Friday—Why is it sometimes hard to restore someone who has repented? What does God call us to guard our hearts against when it comes to those who repent?