This week we will be back at WHES continuing our series in 1st Corinthians where Paul addresses the cost of loving one another in Christ. 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 8:1-13
Now concerning food offered to idols: we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.
Therefore, as to the eating of food offered to idols, we know that “an idol has no real existence,” and that “there is no God but one.” For although there may be so-called gods in heaven or on earth—as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist.
However, not all possess this knowledge. But some, through former association with idols, eat food as really offered to an idol, and their conscience, being weak, is defiled. Food will not commend us to God. We are no worse off if we do not eat, and no better off if we do. But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak. For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, will he not be encouraged, if his conscience is weak, to eat food offered to idols? And so by your knowledge this weak person is destroyed, the brother for whom Christ died. Thus, sinning against your brothers and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food makes my brother stumble, I will never eat meat, lest I make my brother stumble.
2. Read, Sing, and Pray Through the Service
Call to Worship: The Lord’s Prayer. Please read along in the underline portion.
Our Father in heaven
Hallowed be Your name
Your kingdom come
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors
And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and
The power and the glory forever.
Song of Invitation: God Is For Us
Song of Adoration: Only A Holy God
Scripture Reading: James 4:13-17
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
Sermon: Love Always Costs You Something
- 1: Who you love is more important than what you know (1 Cor. 8:1-3).
- 2: But, there is one thing that you need to know (1 Cor. 8:4-6).
- 3: How you love should flow from Who you know (1 Cor. 8:7-13).
- Do you most need to grow in orthodoxy (knowing the right things about God) or orthopraxy (loving people because of what you know about God)? What steps can you take this week?
- Answering honestly, what are you unwilling to give up in order to love your brother/sister? How does this passage challenge you? How does this passage comfort you?
- Family Question: When is it hard for you to put others first? How does Jesus show you a better way?
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.
Benediction: Romans 11:36
For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.