Happy Friday, Young Adult family!!! Let us glorify God in our bodies, amen? *College family, as you are settling into your classes and schedules, let us glorify God by not forgetting to gather with other bodies of believers who seek the glory of Jesus Christ together! I pray our *distance college family make their way to a fellowship/community/church with Christ-exalting new friends to grow together. I pray our *local college family continue to press on to strengthen and grow our Bethany college ministry! *Post-Grad family, I pray you are pressing-on in your callings, careers, jobs... I know how repetitive it can become, alongside the hardships of establishing stable work and livelihood. Let us press on, Bethany! Jesus is always with us, will never forsake us, and indwells with the Spirit! He is leading you and working all things for your good and His glory! So, glorify God in this body! Until it is time to lay it down, let us expend it for the the Lord's glory over our own! Lord-willing, hope to see you tonight to journey farther and deeper into the heart of God and His Word!
Your Brother Chester
Young Adult (College/Post-Grad)Life group THE FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS Glorify God in Your Body [chapter 6] THE BODY OF BELIEVERS – STOP LAWSUITS, SUFFER WRONG (6:1-8) (Question #1) After addressing the problem of impurity by an incestuous relationship being tolerated in the church, the apostle Paul moves to another major issue among the Corinthian community before returning to the topic of impurity. This second major problem was grievances/complaints the believers had with one another. When one had a grievance against his brother or sister, what did they do (verse 1)? [*REFLECT #1a] Do we dare to bring our disputed matters before the unrighteous instead of the saints? How are we seeking to resolve conflicts with our brothers/sisters before the righteousness over a Christ-centered community? [*REFLECT #1b] The apostle Paul declares the Corinthian Christians should be able to judge and resolve their own disputes, even in the most trivial/smallest cases. Why (verse 2-3)? [*REFLECT #1c] Even “angels long to look” (1 PETER 1:12) into our salvation, because we will one day be greater than them. How are you preparing today to be competent and godly judges in the kingdom of heaven by your godly judgment on matters pertaining to this life? [*REFLECT #1d] Who were they laying their cases/disputes before (verse 4)? What was this shameful over righteous (verse 5-6)? [*REFLECT #1e] How have we consulted those who have no standing in the church to give us a godly answer? How can we not be found in shame, but with wisdom to settle disputes between brothers/sisters in Christ? [*REFLECT #1f] What does even the presence of a lawsuit mean for believers, and what ought they rather do if they were wronged (verse 7-8)? [*REFLECT #1g] Are you willing to rather suffer wrong to avoid the presence of disputes that shame the name of Christ? As hard as it is, how can we first suffer wrong, as Jesus did for us, to uphold the name of Christ? THE BODY WASHED, SANCTIFIED, AND JUSTIFIED (6:9-11) (Question #2) In these first few verses, we see the phrase, “do you not know” repeated. The Corinthian Christians should have known that to continue suing one another with lawsuits and being unable to settle their disputes among godly and wise judges amongst themselves validated they were still unrighteous. What will the unrighteous not be able to do (verse 9)? [*REFLECT #2a] A list is given of the fruits of unrighteousness. What are they (verse 9-10)? [*REFLECT #2b] Are there continuous, unrepentant, fruits of unrighteousness in your life? By refusing to agree with God of its deception and progress towards holiness, how are we putting ourselves in danger of forfeiting the inheritance of Jesus as our king and kingdom? [*REFLECT #2c] Who also once practiced these fruits of unrighteousness, and how are they different now (verse 11)? [*REFLECT #2d] Who were you before Christ? Who are you now in Christ? THE LORD’S BODY – THE TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT (6:12-20) (Question #3) The apostle Paul now returns to the problem of impurity. In emphasizing the freedom we now have in Christ, the apostle Paul declares all things are lawful. However, the Corinthians were applying this principle to areas Paul never intended. So therefore, what does Paul say about this freedom in all things (verse 12)? [*REFLECT #3a] How is true Christ-glorifying freedom both lawful in all things yet not being dominated by all things? What are you being dominated by - that is having authority over you that surpasses Christ’s authority in you? [*REFLECT #3b] What motto were the Corinthian Christians using to justify their rampant sexual activity, and what was the body created for (verse 13)? [*REFLECT #3c] Fulfilling the desire for food is not the same as fulfilling your desire for intimacy. Without food, you will die. Without intimacy, you will not die, but be disciplined for godliness and marriage. How are you treating sin like food for the stomach, and stomach for food? [*REFLECT #3d] Just as God raised the Lord Jesus, what will He for our bodies, and what must we know about our bodies and never do with our bodies (verse 14-15)? [*REFLECT #3e] There is a sacredness to intimacy. What are you becoming by it, just as your spirit is with the Lord? (verse 16-17)? How do you defeat sexual immorality (verse 18)? What must we know about our body (verse 19-20)?