Happy Friday, Young Adult family! Labor Day weekend is upon us! If a few of our distance college family are coming back home, we hope to see your precious smile in Christ! Congratulations to all our college family for finishing the first few weeks of school. First few assignments may be piling up. May the Lord give you enduring wisdom to schedule and work them out with all joy and glory for Him! Always know you are never defined by a grade, degree, or salary. Post-Grad family, press on! As you live out your calling in your workplaces, secure a livelihood, even consider God's calling for a future family of faith (?)... it is an exciting time. And so is our journey tonight! Always know a fountain of living water and well of God's Word will remain here for you every Friday (and Wednesday too [!]) evenings. *Tonight, youth WoW is on break due the the Labor Day weekend, so we'll Ezra chapel all to ourselves! :) We'll do a short praise together, and proceed with this important topic tonight! Stay single? Get married? Which is better, or worse? We'll find out soon! Lots of godly wisdom. Treasures for you all. Let's stay married in the right place, and so as long as God has given us calling, health, and strength... let us do our best to grow a family of faith as well. Bless you, precious young adult family! Lord-willing, see you soon.
Your Brother Chester
Young Adult (College/Post-Grad)Life group THE FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS Undivided Devotion [chapter 7] UNDIVIDED TO PASSIONATELY DESIRE INTIMACY (7:1-16) (Question #1) From the problem of impurity to lawsuits within the community, the apostle Paul now addresses a third major problem – abstinence. Since the city of Corinth had no standard of purity, their rampant immoral activity caused Christians to take their opposite view of abstaining from intimacy to the extreme. What did the apostle Paul hear about their perspective on intimacy (verse 1)? [*REFLECT #1a] God created our desires and passions for intimacy. These are good in the sight of God, as He purposed them for our joy and procreation – to multiply His image throughout all the earth – within the beauty of a marriage covenant. In view of today’s sexual revolution and distortion of the sacred to the secular, how have we suppressed these God-given desires and passion? Is abstinence or remaining single somehow more holy or better than getting married? [*REFLECT #1b] Because of the temptation to distort God’s pure and good intentions for intimacy, what should each man and woman do (verse 2)? In God’s covenant design of marriage, whose authority does the body of each spouse belong to and why (verse 3-4)? What are husband and wife not to do to each other and why (verse 5)? [*REFLECT #1c] Have you discerned if you have God’s pure desires for intimacy and relations with another? Then, how are you progressing and preparing to step into marriage, or honoring your spouse already within marriage? Are you depriving each other, or devoting yourselves to honor the Lord’s desires for you? [*REFLECT #1d] Not as a command, but a recommendation from the apostle Paul is given. What does he wish and ask of those who are unmarried/widowed (verse 6-9)? [*REFLECT #1e] Are you not able to exercise self-control? Are you burning with passion? Then, how can you make real steps to progress towards marriage? [*REFLECT #1f] What does the apostle Paul charge to those who are married (verse 10-11)? If married and the spouse is an unbeliever and consents to continue living together, what should the believing spouse do (verse 12-13)? Why (verse 14)? [*REFLECT #1g] How are you making holy those around you, especially within your family members and church family members, by your covenant to stay together? [*REFLECT #1h] What is the apostle Paul’s one exception to separate/divorce, and why (verse 15-16)? UNDIVIDED TO LIVE AS GOD CALLED YOU (7:17-24) (Question #2) So whether God has called us to singleness (temporarily or permanently) or marriage, what is the apostle Paul’s rule in all the churches (verse 17)? [*REFLECT #2a]At the time of our call from God, whether the issue be circumcision or slavery, what ought we do and why (verse 18-24)? [*REFLECT #2b] Does circumcision/uncircumcision really matter? Or whether you are a bond servant or free person? Or single or married? What really matters to God (verse 19 & 23-24)? How are you being faithful in whatever condition God has called you, and remaining there for as long as God has called you? UNDIVIDED DEVOTION TO THE LORD IN YOUR MARITAL STATE (7:25-40) (Question #3) Now concerning the betrothed (engaged, or in Jewish marriages a step above even the engagement stage), what does the apostle Paul have to say concerning his judgment (verse 25-26)? How is this applied (verse 27)? [*REFLECT #3a] The apostle Paul is not taking sides on whether to marry or stay single, yet he does warn that those who marry with have what (verse 28)? [*REFLECT #3b] Because the appointed time of the day of the Lord, the day of Jesus Christ’s return, has grown shorter, how ought we live (verse 29-30)? Why (verse 31)? [*REFLECT #3c] To secure our undivided devotion to the Lord, what does the apostle Paul say about the unmarried and the married (verse 32-35)? Is it favorable to be unmarried or can both give undivided devotion to the Lord? [*REFLECT #3d] What should one do if he is not behaving properly, and what should one do if he is firmly established in his heart (verse 36-38)? Is marriage permanent (verse 39)? What is happier for the widowed (verse 40)?