Chambersburg Bible Church

Let God be Magnified

Text: 1 Corinthians 5:1-131 Corinthians 5:1-13
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5 1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. 2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, judged: or, determined 4 In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. 6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: is sacrificed; or, is slain 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. the feast: or, holyday 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: 10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. 12 For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? expedient: or, profitable 13 But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.  

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Topic: Understanding the local church’s responsibility to deal with sin within the church

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Consider some of the most deadliest diseases in history…

  • Smallpox – During its deadliest years, this highly contagious disease killed as many as 30% of people who contracted it, and most survivors were left with lasting impacts
  • Spanish Flu – In 1918, the Spanish flu struck quickly, leaving a death toll at estimates around 50 million
  • Bubonic Plague / Black Death – A plague of recurrence, killing a possible 25 million in Europe in the mid 1300s
  • Tuberculosis – Ranked as the 8th leading cause of death worldwide by the WHO
  • Malaria – Caused by a parasite, often transmitted by infected mosquitoes, leading to an estimated 1 million deaths annually

1 Corinthians 5 mentions a disease in the Church of God which is every bit as deadly… Immorality was being tolerated in the church at Corinth (verse 1), and this sin affected the entire body of Christ, like leaven affects a lump of dough. Sin affects others, and when left alone, defiles the entire body.

  • Sin in the Church of God is Scandalous
    • It is impossible to conceal sin in the church
      • Consider the universal spread of ‘such news’
      • Sin in the church becomes the ‘talk of the town’
      • Draws out accusations of hypocrisy and degrades the name of Christ
    • How the church deals with sin is important
      • Corinth was very slow to deal with this sin
      • Verses 1-4 indicate an arrogant spirit of tolerance in the body
      • Believers are not perfect, but tolerating sin is not pleasing to our Holy God
  • Sin in the Church of God is Serious
    • It is to be mourned by God’s people
      • Verse 2 indicates the seriousness of our response towards sin – mourning
      • When our brother or sister in Christ is living in sin, it should grieve us as if someone has died
      • We ought to be moved with emotion
    • It is to be judged by God’s people
      • The word ‘judged’ in verse 3 means to ‘pass judgment’ or ‘reach a decision’
      • Judgment should not be based upon personal feelings or an arbitrary standard
      • Judgment should be of the Word of God, publically (verse 4)
      • Public sin should be dealt with publically
    • It is to be removed from God’s people
      • Verses 6-13 instruct the church concerning their actions when an offender of God’s law is unwilling to repent
      • Drastic measures are to be employed by God’s people
        • Verse 2 – ‘taken away from you’
        • Verse 5 – ‘deliver one to Satan’ (not an issue of salvation, but removing from the hand of God’s protection)
        • Verse 13 – ‘to put away’
      • The relationship has been damaged – sin changes everything
  • Sin in the Church of God Demands Separation
    • The sinful believer must be removed from the assembly
      • Why? Because tolerated, unrepented sin damages the body
      • Church discipline is difficult, but commanded
    • The sinful believer must be avoided by the assembly
      • Verse 9 – ‘no company with them’ – speaking of public association
      • So-called brothers cannot walk together as one in Christ when their lives are diametrically different – it confuses the holiness of God before the world

This issue within the church is NOT easy, nor is it popular… many times, such discipline by a local church is misunderstood or misapplied. However, when properly administered in accordance with God’s Word, the desired outcome often results in repentance, reconciliation, and restoration. 2 Corinthians 2:1-112 Corinthians 2:1-11
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2 1 But I determined this with myself, that I would not come again to you in heaviness. 2 For if I make you sorry, who is he then that maketh me glad, but the same which is made sorry by me? 3 And I wrote this same unto you, lest, when I came, I should have sorrow from them of whom I ought to rejoice; having confidence in you all, that my joy is the joy of you all. 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. 5 But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all. 6 Sufficient to such a man is this punishment, which was inflicted of many. punishment: or, censure 7 So that contrariwise ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with overmuch sorrow. 8 Wherefore I beseech you that ye would confirm your love toward him. 9 For to this end also did I write, that I might know the proof of you, whether ye be obedient in all things. 10 To whom ye forgive any thing, I forgive also: for if I forgave any thing, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; person: or, sight 11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.  

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speaks of the return of the repentant… embracing, welcoming, loving… The defense of the Holiness of God and his demands upon his people must be made! Consider 2 Corinthians 13:142 Corinthians 13:14
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14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. The second epistle to the Corinthians was written from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.  

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 10, 2013 Sermons

Text: John 12:20-36John 12:20-36
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20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: 21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit. 25 He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal. 26 If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour. 27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28 Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again. 29 The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him. 30 Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes. 31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die. 34 The people answered him, We have heard out of the law that Christ abideth for ever: and how sayest thou, The Son of man must be lifted up? who is this Son of man? 35 Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. 36 While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them.  

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The glorification of Christ through the crucifixion

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John 12:20-22John 12:20-22
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20 And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: 21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.  

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tell us that there was a group of Greeks who were in Jerusalem at the time of the feast, and even though they were not Jews, they had come to understand that the God of Judaism was the one and true God. Although the Bible does not indicate how they heard about Christ in Jerusalem, they were familiar with who he was and hailed him as their King.

One of the major themes of the book of John is that Jesus is the Savior of the world and not merely the Savior of Israel.

On this occasion, Jesus reacts with deep emotion to the news that these gentiles are seeking him, and John 12:23John 12:23
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23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.  

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records His statement that the time had come for the Son to be glorified. The glory of God becomes a major theme in the Book of John from this point on.

  • The Law of the cross (John 12:23John 12:23
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    23 And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.  

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    • There is no fruit without death
      • It was absolutely essential for Jesus to die
      • It was necessary in order for Him to bear fruit
      • Salvation is for the Jews and Gentiles
    • There is no salvation without surrender.
      • We must be willing to lose our life in order to gain eternal life
      • The man who loves his own life will ultimately destroy it
      • The man who loves his life is right now destroying it
      • John means for us to understand that loving our lives is a self defeating process.

  • The Horror of the cross (John 12:27John 12:27
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    27 Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.  

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    • A prayer is offered
      • Jesus was in turmoil as He faced the cross Jesus had 2 choices in prayer:
        • “Father, deliver me from this hour” or “Father, glorify thyself!”
        • The glory of the Father was paramount!
    • A voice is heard
      • I have glorified it in the past
      • I will glorify it again in the future.
      • God was pleased with the Son and the cross was in view.

  • The Fruit of the cross (John 12:31-32John 12:31-32
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    31 Now is the judgment of this world: now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.  

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    • The judgment of the wicked
      • The cross means judgment to the world and the wickedness therein
      • Satan was defeated in what appeared outwardly to be the very moment of his triumph.
    • The deliverance of the saved
      • What was judgment to the world and defeat to the devil is deliverance to the redeemed
      • All men will be drawn to Christ because of the cross.

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Posted by Pastor Yoder On April 3, 2013 Sermons

2012 Movie PosterMovie-goers are anxiously awaiting the release of Roland Emmerich’s doomsday flick, 2012.  The theme of 2012 is that planet earth will come to a cataclysmic end through a series of catastrophic events taking place in December of that year. 2012 is just one of many recent productions that deal with the “end of the world” scenario that has captured the thinking of the masses.  The History Channel recently aired a series of programs suggesting that mankind is rapidly approaching the end of civilization as we know it.  What’s even more remarkable is the suggestion that the exact time of earth’s pending doom is prophesied.  These programs claim that evidence for the apocalyptic end of the world in 2012 is revealed in the writings of Nostradamus; the December 21, 2012 conclusion of the current Great Cycle of the Mayan calendar; the alignment of the earth, sun, and galactic equator which will occur in late 2012. These arguments seem to point so convincingly to the imminent destruction of our blue planet that many Christians have been caught up in the hype and are counting-down the days.  Will the world end in 2012? 

The simple answer is no!  It is biblically impossible for the world to end in 2012 because there is much yet that God plans to accomplish before He destroys the world (Revelation 21:1Revelation 21:1
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21 1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  

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). A detailed eschatological (teaching concerning end time events) discussion of God’s future plans is beyond the scope of this article, but a brief survey of God’s immediate agenda for the future will show why the end cannot come until much later.

The next great event on God’s calendar is what Christians call the rapture.  The rapture will take place when Jesus Christ appears in the sky and takes believers from the Church age with Him to heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:13-181 Thessalonians 4:13-18
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13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. prevent: or, come before, or, anticipate, or, precede 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words. comfort: or, exhort  

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).  The sudden and imminent appearing of Jesus from heaven is the event that every Christian has anticipated since the time of Christ’s own ascension (Titus 2:13Titus 2:13
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13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; glorious...: Gr. the appearance of the glory of the great God, and of our Saviour Jesus Christ  

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).  The Bible does not reveal when that event will occur, but simply that it will and that it could happen at any moment (1 Corinthians 15:50-581 Corinthians 15:50-58
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50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? grave: or, hell 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  

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The rapture of the Church will set in motion a series of divine events that will eventually culminate in the destruction of the world.  The Great Tribulation will immediately follow the rapture and will last for seven (7) years.  The Battle of Armageddon will mark the end of the seven years (Revelation 16:16; 19:11-21Revelation 16:16; 19:11-21
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16 And he gathered them together into a place called in the Hebrew tongue Armageddon. 11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. 17 And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; 18 That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. 19 And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. 20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21 And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.  

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).  The Book of Revelation indicates that following that battle, Jesus will rule as King on planet earth for one thousand (1,000) years (Revelation 20:1-6Revelation 20:1-6
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20 1 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years, 3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. 4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  

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Based upon these truths, it should be obvious that the end of the world is at least 1,007st 1,007
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7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.  

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years away.  But don’t sit back and breathe a sigh of relief just yet because Jesus is coming again.  When Jesus comes, things will suddenly change and change for the worse.  So much so that people who are living on the earth after the rapture will long for the end to come.  They will be left behind to endure the difficulties of the Tribulation period.  Are you ready?  

If you would like more information concerning this article or the ministries of the Chambersburg Bible Church, please contact Pastor Yoder. 

Posted by Pastor Yoder On March 27, 2013 Pastor's Desk