Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

 Sermon Text: 2 Corinthians 2:5-11

 Other Readings: Hosea 3 and Luke 15:1-10


  1. Paul does not mention the name of the man who had grieved the congregation because of his sin. Why might Paul not have mentioned his name?
  2. What might have been “the punishment” which the congregation inflicted on the man?
  3. When a congregation disciplines someone, what is the intended result (v. 7)?
  4. Satan seeks to outwit us. Of the following satanic schemes, which one do you think our congregation is more likely to fall into?
    1. Living Water fails to address the open sin of a believer.
    2. Living Water deals excessively with someone’s sin.
  5. Based on these verses, what impression(s) do you get about Paul’s personality and style as a pastor? What do you want your pastor to emulate?

  1. Practically speaking, Paul did not have to name him because the situation was so public that everyone knew whom he was talking about. But pastorally speaking, perhaps Paul was trying to protect the individual by bending over backward and not drawing more attention to the individual than was absolutely necessary.
  2. The punishment could very well have been excommunication.
  3. The intended result is that the individual repents, and that the congregation can pronounce God’s forgiveness and their forgiveness. In doing so, they will comfort the individual and reaffirm their love for that soul.
  4. Answers will vary based on personal perspective. God prevent us from falling for either scheme! And God give us the wisdom to navigate both situations out of love for him and the individual(s).
  5. Paul has been patient, having written to them and giving them time to address it. Paul doesn’t make it about him (“not so much grieved me as he has grieved all of you”). Paul almost tries to downplay the drama of the situation (“if there was anything to forgive”). May your pastor emulate Paul’s focus on individual souls while keeping Christ and his forgiveness in view!