This week we will continue our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul edifies believers in how to have a fruitful ministry. 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 9:19-27
For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.
2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service
Call to Worship: Grace Alone
Advent Reading & Peace Candle Lighting
Leader: Jesus said, “I am the light of the world; the one who follows me will not walk in the darkness but have the light of life.”
Congregation: We light this candle as a sign of the coming light of Christ.
Leader: “And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in the paths that they have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things I do, and I do not forsake them. “ -Isaiah 42:16 (ESV)
Leader: Come, Lord Jesus, our light and our salvation.
Congregation: Let us walk in the light of the Lord.
Song of Adoration: O Holy Night
Scripture Reading: Luke 13:6-9
And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Sermon: Are We Fruitful?
- 1: Are we willing to serve? (1 Cor. 9:19)
- 2: Are we able to contextualize? (1 Cor. 9:20-23)
- 3: Are we running to win? (1 Cor. 9:24-27)
- When was the last time you shared your faith? How did you feel? What did you learn?
- What obstacles do we have in our church that we are unaware of? How have we failed to contextualize the Gospel? How could we be better missionaries?
- Family Question: Who is the Spirit leading you to share Jesus with?
Communion: 1 Corinthians 11:23-26
For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
Song of Confession: Come Ye Sinners
Song of Assurance: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus
Benediction: Ephesians 3:20-21
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.