Our Appearance to the World
Bible Text: I Corinthians 6:1-8 | I Corinthians 6:1-3:
The Corinthians were settling their differences in court as opposed to settling them within the Church because they could not seem to settle things between themselves. One day the Church will stand in judgement of the fallen angels. With this in mind, the Church ought to be able to settle more simple earthly matters.
I Corinthians 6:4 and 5:
It would be better to set the least esteemed in the Church to pass judgement over a disagreement than to resort to a court of non-believers. To drag the disagreements of the Church into court was shameful.
I Corinthians 6:6-8:
Rather than go to court, it would be far better to suffer a wrong without complaint. Better to forgive with no recourse than to stain the image of the Church to the world.
We must constantly concern ourselves with how the world sees the Church. If the world has a negative view of the Church, the world will not want to be part of it.
How does the world see the Church?
They see us as prideful and “Holier than thou” (Luke 18:9-14).
They see us as hypocrites, concerned with the sins of others,but having no care about our own sin (Matthew 7:1-5).
They see us as uncaring and unkind (John 4:4-9 and Luke 10:25-37).
They see us as killers of joy (Matthew 23:15 and 23:4).
They should see Christ in us (Philippians 2:5 and Galatians 2:20).
They should see the Love of God in us (I John 2:5 and 4:7 and 8).