Happy Friday! God has gifted us again with another Friday. You all made it (!).... Thank you for your endurance in the Lord and continued faithfulness to Christ. I am inspired by you all. Keep loving the Lord, walking in step with the Spirit, and let NOTHING take away your joy and pleasure in Jesus.
College family, thank you for being faithful to your calling - whether studying, interning, working... press on to the Lord! Same to you - Post-Grad family - thank you for your endurance through another work week.
Well tonight, through our dear brother Yaesung's suggestion, we were thinking of attending the Dallas-wide Korean ministry to the disabled, also known as "Milal" - hosting a special fundraising concert through the selling of tickets (which Bethany already purchased in bulk). A special guest - Sunye - is coming - I presume she will share her testimony and lead a time of praise. Sunye was a former Korean-Pop singer in the girl group, Wondergirls. At the height of her fame, she quit the group, married a great Christian gentleman on a missionary trip, and now has a beautiful family. I am inspired by these kinds of testimonies as Jesus calls us to deny the fame in this world, and seek to live holy lives in obedience to Him.
*However, the concert is at Binnerri Church in Richardson, which is quite a drive out east of us. We would have to leave at the latest - 6:15pm - to have sufficient time to make it there with all the traffic. Plus, with prior schedules of some among us, it will be difficult to make it in time. In addition, I presume the entire night will be in Korean, and mainly for families with disabled children. Yaesung's parents have been involved in this precious ministry. Let's continue to pray for their awesome work in the Lord among those precious ones, physically and mentally disabled. As the Lord Jesus told the disabled man born blind, "It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him" (JOHN 9:3).
So also, let us press on here in our fellowship together! Whatever we do, whether in word or deed, or even as daily and mundane as eating (!), the glory of God can be seen and treasured, amen? So in whatever you do, do all to show that glory! Bless you, Bethany.
Your Brother Chester
Young Adult (College/Post-Grad)Life group THE FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS Whatever You Do, Do All to the Glory of God [chapter 10] ENDURE TEMPTATION TO THE GLORY OF GOD (10:1-13) (Question #1) In the Old Testament, God blessed His people in so many ways, yet ultimately, they were not received sincerely, and most were overthrown in the wilderness. God overshadowed His people through the cloud that sheltered them from the unforgiving desert sun, and then lite their path in the darkness of night through a burning pillar of fire. When approaching the Red Sea, the Lord had His people pass through the seas with God’s incredible power to hold up the walls of the sea water, so they could cross over on dry ground. By passing through the sea, they were all baptized into Moses, identifying themselves with this spiritual leader as God’s chosen one to lead them through the sea. So also, we are identified with Jesus Christ through the waters of baptism. What ways did God provide for His people (verse 2-4), and why was God still not pleased with them (verse 5-11)? What can we learn from their failed example (verse 12-13)? [*REFLECT #1] Although God has provided for us all things and every blessing in Christ, how have we turned to our own provisions and treasures? God’s people in the Old Testament sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play (EXODUS 32:6), indulging in their desires for evil. How have we failed to say “no” to indulging in our own desires for pleasure over pleasing the Lord? The apostle Paul says, “we must not put Christ to the test… nor grumble…” – how have we tested and grumbled against God to bend to our own desires and ways? Especially as it concerns our desires for intimacy, we need to take heed, lest we fall. No one is tempted more or less than anyone else – they are all common. What common temptations are overtaking you? How is God providing a way of escape to glorify Him? FLEE IDOLATRY TO THE GLORY OF GOD (10:14-22) (Question #2) When the Corinthian church gathered, they had communion – blessing the cup and breaking the bread, participating in the blood and body of Jesus Christ. Idolatry has no place at this table of communion with the Lord. Because there is only one bread and one cup, how are the Corinthians to put aside their conflicts (such as food offered to idols) and not become participants with demons (verse 14-22)? [*REFLECT #2] How have we made communion – partaking in the Lord’s table – more about remembering rather than participating? How is our communion defiled with our idols that we bring to the table with the Lord, refusing His entry into our hearts to participate in our lives as the King over our lives and Destroyer of false gods? The next time you share in the cup and bread, what must we know about what is happening? The apostle says that when we take our idols to the table of communion, the Lord is provoked to jealousy. God desires the strength of attention and affections we give to other people, places, and things. How can discern the strength of your attention and affections today, and offer them to the Lord? SEEK THE GOOD OF YOUR NEIGHBOR TO THE GLORY OF GOD (10:23-33) (Question #3) The single aim of the apostle Paul’s life is to bring glory to God. Even if all things are lawful, he understands that God’s glory hangs in the balance if it is to the detriment of his neighbor. Therefore, what is lawful might not be helpful in building up other brothers and sisters in Christ. Concerning food offered to idols, it is lawful to eat whatever is sold in the meat market – even to idols – without any question on the ground of conscience, as the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof (PSALM 24:1). However, when and why should the Corinthian believers refrain and even forsake this freedom (verse 23-33)? [*REFLECT #3] How do we display the glory of God? How can we be seeking God’s glory in what is helpful and building-up of other brothers and sisters in Christ? What are lawful things that have become toxic things in tearing-down one another? What are those freedoms that we can refrain and even forsake for the good of other brothers and sisters coming to know the Lord? How can I be a stepping-stone over a stumbling-stone for Jesus? HOLY SPIRIT MOMENT (APPLY #1) Spend two minutes inviting and listening to the Holy Spirit to show you how God’s glory is the greatest pleasure of your life over your own glory, and how you can bring Jesus glory today. (APPLY #2) Write those two ways you can bring glory to Jesus today: (1) ____________________________; (2) ________________________________ (APPLY #3) Share one of them with the group, and a first practical step you can take to accomplish it.