Order in the Court

Asking for a Friend

By Cory DiCarro, August 28, 2022

Big Idea: We believe that God offers us answers to life’s toughest questions.

Key Question: Why are Christians always fighting with each other?

1 Corinthians 6:1 1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints?

  • Grievances between Christians are not unique, but how we respond to them should be.

1 Corinthians 6:2–3 2 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? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life!

  • Our identity in Christ should determine our Actions.

1 Corinthians 6:4 4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church?

  • Be carful to go bowing to the world’s system outside of the church for guidance inside the church.

1 Corinthians 6:5–6 5 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, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers?

1 Corinthians 6:7–8 7 To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud—even your own brothers!

  • Our need to be right cannot supersede the Gospel Mission.

Conflict Resolution

  1. Go to God… Philippians 4:6

  2. Go to the person we are in a disagreement with… Matthew 18:15–16

  3. Go to wise Christian Counsel… Matthew 18:17

  4. Join Jesus in suffering… 1 Corinthians 6:7