1 Corinthians 12:12-31, Ephesians 4:14 – This morning, we didn’t come to church, we came as the Church! We are the Church, the body of Christ! As… Read more “Unwrapped – Unity, part 2 1-17”
1 Corinthians 12:12-31 On average in this country, before COVID, about 8,000 people die everyday. The overall majority do not know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior,… Read more “Unwrapped: Unity 1-10”
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 CSB Well it’s the new year! So, what are you all going to do with the gifts you received? Leave your gifts in their… Read more “Unwrapped – Gifts of the Spirit”
Please remember that sermon notes are meant to act as a guide and may not be exactly what was preached. 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 Vs. 1 – The… Read more “Worship: Jesus as Lord”
Please remember that sermon notes are meant to act as a guide and may not be exactly what was preached. 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Middle Eastern culture had… Read more “Worship: Women in Ministry”
Denying yourself is essential if you are a Christian. Jesus called upon those who wish to be His followers to reject the natural inclination toward selfishness. This is what Paul is telling us and the Corinthians: we are called to do this so that others won’t stumble, so that we do not hinder the gospel! In order to do that we must crucify the flesh. In Galatians 5:24 we are told, “Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.”
Our time here is limited. We must not let our worldly possessions distract us from serving God and fulfilling our God given purpose! The more possessions you have, the more you are possessed by them. Possessions become distractions that eat up our time, that distract us from serving God, that take our focus away from THE primary purpose! Two houses, two or three cars, a boat, a camper…Add to that family with, sports, lessons, recitals, and school activities… Where in the midst of all that is God and His church?
You are called to serve God where you are until God unmistakably calls you elsewhere. And while it is not wrong to better yourself with a better paying job or a different position, that may not mean a better situation for you. Seek God first. That’s the key to knowing God’s will.
The most common reasons given for divorce today, outside the church, are lack of compatibility, money issues, lack of intimacy, adultery, physical appearance, addictions, getting married at an early age, or married for the wrong reasons… Always in the top five for reasons for divorce, both inside and outside the Church, is the lack of intimacy and, yes, that is part of the “Do Not Deprive” in verse 5 that we talked about a couple of weeks ago. But there is more to intimacy than that, though that is a good part of it.
However, in our culture today many see divorce as a positive solution to a troubled marriage. Harvard sociologist Armand Nicholi III concluded, “Divorce is not a solution, but an exchange of problems.” It is the exchange of one set of problems for another.
What is being asked here is: should Christians have sex? Which I will answer now, Yes! But, let me qualify that, within the covenant of marriage! With all of what Paul could have wrote in the first letter (5:9) about sexual immorality I am sure there were those thought that sex was a necessary evil intended for procreation. But sex is to be enjoyed in the context of the husband/wife relationship. There, specifically, it is a gift from God.
Our culture treats sex way too lightly, tv and movies – the whole of the entertainment industry – make it into something that you just do for fun or sport! Casual sex is promoted and deemed natural with people changing partners like we change clothes! But God created sex to be within the bounds of Holy matrimony! We as His people are not to even look at what does not belong to us…