Exalt God’s Name and Word
Scripture reading for July 11th: 1st Corinthians 5, Psalm 138, Proverbs 14
Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 5:9-12 “I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people–not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler–not even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.””
The church at Corinth had an immoral person among their members who was living with his own father’s wife. Paul explained how the leaders should handle this situation by putting that person out of the church. The goal was their salvation and maintaining the integrity of Christ’s body. This does not mean that believers must avoid immoral people of the world. We are to be witnesses to them of Christ Jesus’ love, grace and call to repentance.
Faith Confession: Thank You Lord for instructing Your Church to stand for holiness among those who profess faith in Jesus Christ. Help me to stand for Your Name and Word and reach out to the lost world involved in immorality.
Psalm 138:2 “I bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your Name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness, for You have exalted above all things Your Name and Your Word.”