Holiness & Tolerance

Sermon from CCM:City Centre


This sermon was preached by Tom O’Toole at the CCM:City Centre site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 2nd September 2018.



This message was part of the ‘SERIES NAME’ series, preached at Christ Church Manchester’s church in Fallowfield in EARLY/MID/LATE YEAR. The full series included the following sermons:


This sermon was based on 1 Corinthians 5.

Sexual Immorality Defiles the Church

1It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. 2And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.

3For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. 4When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.

6Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people— 10not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. 12For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”



  • There is an issue in the Corinthian church with a man who is having an affair with his dad’s wife. This is not good.
  • The Corinthians didn’t take it seriously.
  • In order to have a true perspective on the importance of issues like this we need to recover a sense of both the horror of sin and the beauty of holiness.
  • The solution was for the church to make a judgment on the man.
  • He needed to be removed for the church for a time – this would be both for the salvation of his own soul (he did eventually repent and come back) and also for the sake of the church (sin spreads like leaven in a loaf).


  • Paul had tried to raise the issue with the Corinthians before but they had misunderstood.
  • Instead of dealing with the issue within their community, they instead put up barriers with people outside.
  • A lot of people feel that Christians can be judgmental – it is not our place to judge those outside the church. We should build relationships and show compassion as Jesus did.



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