I was asked to share at Vintage Faith this past weekend on I Corinthians 6 as part of the “Theology Gone Wild” section in their “Sin City” series. Here were some thoughts:
1. We can be the solution to our own problems (I Corinthians 6:1-5).
Rather than depending on the government, our boss, our family, or even our pastors, we are more prepared and more capable of overcoming our challenges than we realize. In this case, rather than suing each other in public courts, these early followers of Jesus were reminded that they have the ability to resolve disputes on their own.
2. “Making things right” is more important than “being right” (I Corinthians 6:7-8).
The best way to overcome conflict? Be ok with being wronged or cheated. Sounds crazy, but we have a more enjoyable life if we choose “to live at peace with everyone as far as it depends on us” (Rom. 12:18).
3. We should not limit who God loves (I Corinthians 6:9-11).
The list of those who will not inherit the Kingdom isn’t a list of those we should avoid but a description of who we are and who we need to rescue.
4. A loving community is inclusive and honest (I Cor. 6:12-20).
We need to care enough about the people around us to let them know when they are facing danger.