Beyond the Weekend

November 11 | A Bad Report

November 11, 2019

Join us as we focus each day for nine weeks on a different part of 1 Corinthians 13.
Monday: Love is patient, love is kind.


For my part, even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. As one who is present with you in this way, I have already passed judgment in the name of our Lord Jesus on the one who has been doing this. 1 Corinthians 5:3

Read: 1 Corinthians 5

Listen: 1 Corinthians 5


The church in Corinth was full of new believers in a city influenced heavily by the temple to Aphrodite. This temple was known for its practice of temple prostitution; the city was no stranger to scandalous behavior. Paul writes to this church to address a specific scandal. It appears that a man from the church was having an inappropriate relationship with his stepmom.

Paul is deeply concerned both about what is best for the man involved and for the church. He wants the man to be restored to God and wants the church to flourish. He gives them pretty direct instructions that are hard for them to hear then, and hard for us now.

This story has significant connections to our culture today. By looking at this challenging passage, we can consider how our decisions impact the church and see how we should treat others. We can learn a lot from Paul as he works toward unity, holiness, and restoration for this young church.


Remember to use your Habits of Love Challenge bookmark and card this week. Spend a few minutes today asking God for wisdom as you approach these difficult passages. Pray that he would help you be patient and to show you what he wants you to learn this week.

Click on the photo below to “save image as” to set for the lock screen or home screen on your mobile device to cycle back to each phrase twice daily to remember to live a life motivated by love.

Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.

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