It was a joy to see everyone who was able to join our Zoom Prayer Service this past week. Praise God for technology in this odd season we find ourselves in. Let’s continue to pray for our church and those affected by the Coronavirus as we prepare to gather virtually this Sunday. This week we will be continuing our series in 1st Corinthians where we’ll learn how to make life decisions with wisdom and a proper perspective. 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 7:25-40
Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin. But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.
A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service
Call to Worship: The Apostle’s Creed. Please read along in the underline portion.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried.
On the third day He rose again from the dead.
He ascended into heaven
and sits at the right hand
of God the Father Almighty.
From there He will come to judge
the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy, Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen
-The Apostle’s Creed
Song of Adoration: His Mercy is More
Song of Confession: Lord I Need You
Sermon: How To Make A Decision
- Step 1: In the absence of a direct command, use biblical wisdom (1 Cor. 7:25).
- Step 2: Choose anything that isn’t sin, but be aware of the risks (1 Cor. 7:26-28).
- Step 3: Keep the weightiness of eternity in view (1 Cor. 7:29-31).
- Step 4: Pursue the benefit of undivided affections (1 Cor. 7:32-35).
- Step 5: Choose the better option (1 Cor. 7:36-40).
- If you are single, how have you experienced freedom to be fully devoted to Jesus? What difficulties do singles experience that our church can love you through?
- If you are married, how have you experienced divided devotions? What difficulties do marriages experience that our church can love them through?
- What in your life might be dividing your devotion from Jesus? How is the Holy Spirit convicting you to respond?
- What practices have you found most helpful for focusing your devotion on Jesus?
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 Assurance & Celebration: Jesus is Better
Benediction: Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.