This week we will continue our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul implores believers to put off idolatry and worship God alone. Please RSVP for the in-person service on Sunday or join us on the livestream. If you are tuning in from home, be sure to read through the Home Worship Guide and say hello in the YouTube comments so we know you are joining us!
Here’s how you can prepare your heart for the Sunday gathering at mDF:
1. Read the Passage: 1 Corinthians 10:15-22
I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?
2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service
Call to Worship:
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Song of Adoration: O Praise the Name
Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:2-6
“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.”
Sermon: What Happens When We Worship
- 1: At a soul level, there’s always something deeper going on (1 Cor. 10:15-18).
- 2: What our souls participate in is of utmost importance (1 Cor. 10:19-22).
- When do you most struggle to remember that there are deeper spiritual realities behind our physical actions? What practices have you found helpful to be more aware of what happens at a soul level?
- If unity is so important for Believers (1 Cor. 10:17), what are some things you can personally do to guard that unity in our church?
- Family Question: If we can only worship one thing at a time in our hearts, what are you most often tempted to worship instead of (or in addition to) Jesus? How can your family help you?
Communion: 1 Corinthians 10:16-17
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
Song of Confession: Yet Not I But Through Christ in Me
Song of Assurance: Look and See
Benediction: Numbers 6:24-26
The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.