This week we will pick up where we left off in 1st Corinthians. 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 10:1-14
For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.” We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.
2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service
Call to Worship:
Welcome to all who are weary and need rest,
To all who mourn and long for comfort,
To all who feel worthless and wonder if God cares,
To all who fail and desire strength,
To all who sin and need a Savior,
To all who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
And to whoever will come,
This church opens wide its doors, its homes, its lives, and its hearts
And offers its welcome in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.
–from The Worship Sourcebook
Song of Adoration: Goodness of God
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27
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.
Sermon: Keeping A Strong Grip On The Gospel
- 1: The warning (1 Cor. 10:1-5).
- 2: The consequences (1 Cor. 10:6-11).
- 3: The alternative (1 Cor. 10:12-14).
- What is the “meat offered to idols” in your life? The ever-present reality that tempts you to align with the world instead of Jesus? Do you more naturally struggle with comfort, approval, control, power, something else?
- How does verse 13 change the way you view that temptation?
- What tools/disciplines have you found helpful in fleeing idolatry? How can we help each other?
Communion: Lamentations 3:33
for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.
“Here in Lamentations, the Bible is taking us deep into God himself. The one who rules and ordains all things brings affliction into our lives with a certain divine reluctance. He is not reluctant about the ultimate good that is going to be brought about through that pain; that indeed is why he is doing it. But something recoils within him in sending that affliction. The pain itself does not reflect his heart…If we are to follow closely and yield fully to Scripture’s testimony, we are walked into the breathtaking claim that there are some things that pour out of God more naturally than others. God is unswervingly just. But what is his disposition? What is he on the edge of his seat eager to do? If you catch me off guard, what will leap out of me before I have time to regain composure will likely be grouchiness. If you catch God off guard, what leaps out most freely is blessing. The impulse to do good. The desire to swallow us up in joy.” —Dane Ortlund, Gentle And Lowly
Song of Confession: Rock of Ages
Song of Assurance: Joyful (The One Who Saves)
Benediction: Jude 24-25
Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.