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Shameful Lawsuits
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
Lawsuits among believers.
Published June 1st, 2012
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2010-11-27 12:12:37
Lawsuits among believers. Paul in essence is saying: "It is a sin for a Christian to sue another Christian." The point is this, no Christian is ever to take another Christian to court. That is sin and terrible testimony to the world. v. 1 has a grievance . same as saying, a lawsuit. such cases. trivial quarrals and disputes... no standing in the church . Those that are least qualified (unbelievers) to resolve the matter. Even the most legally untrained believer who knows the word and obedient to the Spirit is more qualifed than the most experienced unbeliever who is untrained by the word of God and void of the Spirit. Now, there are three misunderstandings. There are three misunderstanding that Paul points out that were being exhibited by the Corinthians in...in the light of this particular problem going on. When they were busy suing each other, Paul says it shows that they've misunderstood the rank of the church, one. Two, that they misunderstood the right attitude of the Christian; and next week we'll see that they misunderstood their relationship to the world. No. 1, they've misunderstood the rank of the church by doing what they were doing. Going to pagan courts was saying that the courts could accomplish something the church couldn't, and that was a misunderstanding of where God viewed the church... Judging the world. Daniel 7:22; Matt. 19; Luke 22; Rev. 3:21; Now, if we can do that, handle the supreme court of Christ and ruling over the world, it seems fairly apparent that we oughta be able to handle the local matters that go on while we're around here, right? That's his whole point here. So if you're going to reign over angels, you're gonna reign over the world, you oughta be able to handle your own cases. "You would be better off," he says, "in these things, if it has to be, if you have to have judgment, to get the least esteemed Christian to handle it rather than the world." Keep it out of those courts. And we'll get to that principle as we look at the second point here. First of all, to sue another Christian and to take him into a pagan court is a lack of understanding of the rank of the church, the place of the church. Secondly, it's a lack of understanding of the right attitude of a Christian. What is to be the attitude of a Christian? Is to be forgiveness. If somebody wants something of mine that bad, I'll give it to him. I don't have any problem with that. Notice verse 7. We'll get to the second point. I don't wanna meddle too much. Verse 7 says, "Now therefore, there is utterly a defect among you, because you go to law one with another. Why do you not rather take wrong?" Oh, really. "Why do you not rather allow yourselves to be robbed? Just accept the wrong." Listen, God's still on His throne. He's gonna take care of you. You know, isn't it exciting to be a Christian just from this standpoint, to know that God is operating in my behalf? God is on my team. That is exciting. God is on my team. What is the principle then that a Christian operates on? What is the right attitude of a Christian? It is the attitude of compassion. It is the attitude of forgiveness. I'm not trying to protect my property. I'm trying to protect my relationship with God, so I do what's right before Him, right? Paul says to the...to the Corinthians, "If you go to court, you are...you are not understanding the rank of the church, and you are not understanding the right attitude of the Christian, which is forgiveness and love." There's no reason to ever go to court to gain something back. If you need something, the Lord will return it to you. Probably ten times over again. And to be defrauded by a man is certainly not to be defrauded by God. He'll supply everything you need. Let's be obedient to God and let His blessing flow. Let's pray vv. 9-11 All right, now we come to the third thing and the introduction is done and we'll look at verses 9-11. Now we had to give all that principle background because that's the heart of everything. Paul says by your suing each other you show you don't understand the rank of the church or you disregard it. You also don't understand or disregard the right attitude of a Christian which should be to forgive. Thirdly, you give evidence that you don't understand or are indifferent to the relation to the world. And this is really a powerful section. You don't understand your relation to the world. summation of whole: People, we're new creatures. That's what he's saying. And he says to the Corinthians, hey you used to be like the rest of the world, but you are different. You have been transformed. Would you act like that? Going to law courts, that's inconsistent with your relation to this system. That's inconsistent with your attitude, which should be forgiveness. That's inconsistent with the rank of the church, which means the church can decide those issues. Let's pray together.
10000000059050 59050 Notes 2010-11-26 12:25:38 2010-11-27 12:12:37 Lawsuits among believers. Paul in essence is saying: "It is a sin for a Christian to sue another Christian." The point is this, no Christian is ever to take another Christian to court. That is sin and terrible testimony to the world. v. 1 has a grievance . same as saying, a lawsuit. such cases. trivial quarrals and disputes... no standing in the church . Those that are least qualified (unbelievers) to resolve the matter. Even the most legally untrained believer who knows the word and obedient to the Spirit is more qualifed than the most experienced unbeliever who is untrained by the word of God and void of the Spirit. Now, there are three misunderstandings. There are three misunderstanding that Paul points out that were being exhibited by the Corinthians in...in the light of this particular problem going on. When they were busy suing each other, Paul says it shows that they've misunderstood the rank of the church, one. Two, that they misunderstood the right attitude of the Christian; and next week we'll see that they misunderstood their relationship to the world. No. 1, they've misunderstood the rank of the church by doing what they were doing. Going to pagan courts was saying that the courts could accomplish something the church couldn't, and that was a misunderstanding of where God viewed the church... Judging the world. Daniel 7:22; Matt. 19; Luke 22; Rev. 3:21; Now, if we can do that, handle the supreme court of Christ and ruling over the world, it seems fairly apparent that we oughta be able to handle the local matters that go on while we're around here, right? That's his whole point here. So if you're going to reign over angels, you're gonna reign over the world, you oughta be able to handle your own cases. "You would be better off," he says, "in these things, if it has to be, if you have to have judgment, to get the least esteemed Christian to handle it rather than the world." Keep it out of those courts. And we'll get to that principle as we look at the second point here. First of all, to sue another Christian and to take him into a pagan court is a lack of understanding of the rank of the church, the place of the church. Secondly, it's a lack of understanding of the right attitude of a Christian. What is to be the attitude of a Christian? Is to be forgiveness. If somebody wants something of mine that bad, I'll give it to him. I don't have any problem with that. Notice verse 7. We'll get to the second point. I don't wanna meddle too much. Verse 7 says, "Now therefore, there is utterly a defect among you, because you go to law one with another. Why do you not rather take wrong?" Oh, really. "Why do you not rather allow yourselves to be robbed? Just accept the wrong." Listen, God's still on His throne. He's gonna take care of you. You know, isn't it exciting to be a Christian just from this standpoint, to know that God is operating in my behalf? God is on my team. That is exciting. God is on my team. What is the principle then that a Christian operates on? What is the right attitude of a Christian? It is the attitude of compassion. It is the attitude of forgiveness. I'm not trying to protect my property. I'm trying to protect my relationship with God, so I do what's right before Him, right? Paul says to the...to the Corinthians, "If you go to court, you are...you are not understanding the rank of the church, and you are not understanding the right attitude of the Christian, which is forgiveness and love." There's no reason to ever go to court to gain something back. If you need something, the Lord will return it to you. Probably ten times over again. And to be defrauded by a man is certainly not to be defrauded by God. He'll supply everything you need. Let's be obedient to God and let His blessing flow. Let's pray vv. 9-11 All right, now we come to the third thing and the introduction is done and we'll look at verses 9-11. Now we had to give all that principle background because that's the heart of everything. Paul says by your suing each other you show you don't understand the rank of the church or you disregard it. You also don't understand or disregard the right attitude of a Christian which should be to forgive. Thirdly, you give evidence that you don't understand or are indifferent to the relation to the world. And this is really a powerful section. You don't understand your relation to the world. summation of whole: People, we're new creatures. That's what he's saying. And he says to the Corinthians, hey you used to be like the rest of the world, but you are different. You have been transformed. Would you act like that? Going to law courts, that's inconsistent with your relation to this system. That's inconsistent with your attitude, which should be forgiveness. That's inconsistent with the rank of the church, which means the church can decide those issues. Let's pray together. notes
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2010-11-26 12:25:38
2010-11-27 12:12:37
editing
1 Corinthians
1 Corinthians 6:1-11
NT
esv
When one of you has a grievance against another,
does he dare go to law before the unrighteous
temporal
instead of the saints?
alternative
Or do 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?
conditional
progression
Do you not know that we are to judge angels?
How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!
So if you have such cases,
why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church?
I say this to your shame.
Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers,
ideaexplanation
but brother goes to law against brother,
and that before unbelievers?
To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you.
Why not rather suffer wrong?
Why not rather be defrauded?
But you yourselves wrong
and defraud--
series
even your own brothers!
situationresponse
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?
Do not be deceived:
questionanswer
neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,
nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers
will inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you.
But you were washed,
you were sanctified,
you were justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
and by the Spirit of our God.
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discourse
10000000059050 59050 Arc 2010-11-26 12:25:38 2010-11-27 12:12:37 editing 1 Corinthians 6 1 6 11 1 Corinthians 6:1-11 46 NT esv i160571 i160572 i160573 i160574 i160575 i160540 When one of you has a grievance against another, i160541 does he dare go to law before the unrighteous temporal 1 1 i160542 instead of the saints? alternative i160576 i160577 i160543 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? i160578 i160544 And if the world is to be judged by you, i160545 are you incompetent to try trivial cases? conditional 2 progression i160579 i160546 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? i160547 How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! progression i160580 i160581 i160582 i160548 So if you have such cases, i160549 why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? conditional 2 i160583 i160550 I say this to your shame. i160551 Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, alternative ideaexplanation 1 i160584 i160552 but brother goes to law against brother, i160553 and that before unbelievers? ideaexplanation 1 progression i160585 i160554 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. i160586 i160587 i160555 Why not rather suffer wrong? i160556 Why not rather be defrauded? alternative i160588 i160589 i160557 But you yourselves wrong i160558 and defraud-- series i160559 even your own brothers! ideaexplanation 1 series situationresponse 2 i160590 i160591 i160592 i160593 i160560 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? i160561 Do not be deceived: questionanswer 2 i160594 i160562 neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, i160563 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers i160564 will inherit the kingdom of God. ideaexplanation 1 i160565 And such were some of you. ideaexplanation 1 i160595 i160596 i160566 But you were washed, i160567 you were sanctified, i160568 you were justified i160597 i160569 in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ i160570 and by the Spirit of our God. series actionmanner 1 alternative progression 1 1 1 esv 25 a 50 discourse
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