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)?
Dear Bethany Young Adult family, Praying you are well in health and in the faith. For some college family who had their first week of classes, how has it been? For our Post-Grad family, are you pressing on in your workplaces and life with the joy in Jesus Christ? Friday has arrived again! I pray we can gather as a young adult family to pursue, refresh, and restore our walk with the Lord together! Let us not giving up meeting together, all the more as the day of the Lord draws near. If able, join us tonight at 7:30pm for a time of praise with our precious youth, followed by some Bible and snack time. **Special tonight also is a brief VISION MEETING to dream of reaching our local college campuses with the gospel. As we sent-off our *distance* college family last week, we press on as a *local* college family to reach our campuses and grow a beautiful college family and ministry here at Bethany. There are so many colleges in the Dallas-Fort Worth area! Too many to count, and countless more souls that need to hear the gospel and come into a godly church family like Bethany. I hope to dream with you! I am always praying and thinking of you! Bless you and thank you!
-Your brother and Pastor Chester
Young Adult (College/Post-Grad)Life group THE FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS Purge the Evil Person from Among You [chapter 5] PURGE SEXUAL IMMORALITY FROM AMONG YOU (5:1-5) (Question #1) In this short chapter, the apostle Paul now confronts one of the major problems in the church at Corinth. What was actually reported to him that was happening in the church (verse 1)? [*REFLECT #1a] The term, “sexual immorality” is the word porneia, broadly referring to all types of impure activity outside of marriage, applying to both singles as well as those who were already married. In that day, anything was acceptable – there was no standard of purity. It was an accepted fact to fulfill your desires for intimacy with anyone available and by any means possible. Apparently, someone was having an ongoing relationship with their stepmother. What ways are we making impurity tolerable and acceptable? What relationships do we need to restore godly purity? [*REFLECT #1b] How did the Corinthian Christians react to this incestuous relationship in their own church, and what does the apostle Paul command them to do to this brother among them (verse 2)? [*REFLECT #1c] Although the apostle Paul was not present physically, how else was he present, and what has he already done (verse 3)? [*REFLECT #1d] Although we are not present physically to address a spiritual problem, do we have confidence to pronounce godly judgment upon it? Do we know and live the Scriptures enough to speak God’s Word into the situation? [*REFLECT #1e] Paul commands the Corinthian Christians to assemble in the name of the Lord Jesus and deliver this man, once called a brother in the faith, to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. Why were they to do this (verse 4-5)? [*REFLECT #1f] Why are we to purge brothers and sisters out from our church family and the realm of our relationships who consistently refuse to turn away from a life of impurity and sinful addiction? Purging is sometimes referred to as “disfellowshipping” or “excommunicating” a former brother/sister in the Lord until they repent. In today’s culture, however, someone can easily just go to another church, or start another church, and pretend like nothing happened. Or, they can play the victim, as if the former church was cruel towards them. How can we practice biblical purging that is for the good of the church and for the good of the unrepentant sinner? PURGE THE OLD LEAVEN (5:6-8) (Question #2) Instead of mourning over this brother lost in impurity, what were the Corinthian Christians doing (verse 6, also look back to verse 2)? With what illustration does the apostle Paul describe the danger of their attitude? [*REFLECT #2a] A little sin influences the entire group, according to the apostle Paul. Although the Corinthian Christians were really unleavened, what did they still need to do constantly in order to be a new lump, and how were they to do it (verse 7)? [*REFLECT #2b] Although we are already cleansed in Jesus Christ, what must our church constantly do to be free from the sinful addictions that destroy our relationships with one another? How can we put our focus back on our perfect Lamb, Jesus Christ, who passed-over and took away our porneia and sinful addictions? [*REFLECT #2c] As the church, the Corinthians were to be in celebration over the sacrifice of Christ that cleansed them from their past. What were they not to celebrate with? What were they to celebrate with (verse 8)? [*REFLECT #2d] How can we celebrate Christ, our perfect sacrifice who took our place, with sincerity and truth? PURGE THE ONE WHO BEARS THE NAME OF BROTHER/SISTER (5:9-13) (Question #3) Who did the apostle Paul command the Corinthian church not to associate with (verse 9)? [*REFLECT #3a] Godly character cannot be expected from ungodly people. How do we need to disassociate with to guard our hearts and uphold the integrity of life with Jesus Christ? [*REFLECT #3b] Paul did not mean to separate from all immoral and sinful people, otherwise they too would need to go out of the world – they too would need to close their church and disperse from themselves, as they too were once caught-up in these sins. However, who is the apostle Paul referring to specifically to disassociate with (verse 10-11)? [*REFLECT #3c] To carry the name of brother or sister in Christ is a high calling. Who does Paul say to judge and purge (verse 12)? [*REFLECT #3d] Are you carrying the name of brother or sister in Christ faithfully? How are we to judge and purge?
*Happy Friday, Young Adult (College/Post-Grad) Family!
Praying your week is coming to a strong finish with the Lord! Many changes are happening soon. Our college family will matriculate into their first classes, and we'll have to bittersweetly send-off a few temporarily (!) until the next holiday/break time we see them. But praise God, for wherever He calls us, His work will continue faithfully in us - can we say amen to that? To that end, those of us who are here locally will press on to build-up this college family, post-grad family, and larger young adult community at our beloved Bethany Church.
*Here are important changes to the next 3 weeks! - Tonight, we'll meet for a final time, and then take a brief break for at-church gatherings on Friday for the next two weeks until 8/26. - Next Friday, 8/12, 6:00pm is our GOGI(고기) AND GAMES" night @ JP/Maria's home (2704 Sir Patrise Ln Lewisville, TX 75056). *So make sure to keep that date free, and let's enjoy some greater Christ-centered fellowship over good food and deep sharing of life with the Lord together. - Since more of us are available on Sunday over Friday, we are seeking to focus more on Sunday after-service fellowship to build better, deeper, genuine, Christ-centered brother/sister relationships with you!! To help spur this on we are launching for the next 3 Sunday's our "LUNCH & SHARING" after-service, with hopes that many of us will be willing to stay, eat, share lessons from the Word, and grow godly discipleship relationships and friendships. Lunch provided all 3 Sunday's!
Thank you so much for being part of this broken-yet-ever more beautifully growing family of God at Bethany, and especially to our English congregation family. We love you and are always here for you, desiring the very best for your joy and for God's glory. Bless you, and Lord-willing, see you soon!
Young Adult (College/Post-Grad)Life group THE FIRST LETTER TO THE CORINTHIANS Regard Us as Servants of Christ [chapter 4] SERVANTS ARE FAITHFUL STEWARDS (4:1-5) (Question #1) After seeking to dissolve the divisions within the Corinthian church and pleading with the congregation to live as spiritual over fleshly people, the apostle Paul continues teaching on the heart of their problem – pride. They thought they were better than others, even judging Paul. In fact, they were embarrassed of Paul’s constant state of weakness and humility, which they wanted to avoid at all costs. In their minds, it was foolish to be regarded in such a lowly way, yet what does Paul say to regard him as, and what is required of that role (verse 1-2)? [*REFLECT #1a] The word “servant” is nearly synonymous with “slave.” The term “steward” means “a manager, someone entrusted to manage well what belongs to another.” How do these titles describe a true follower of Jesus Christ? [*REFLECT #1b] In their pride and embarrassment of Paul’s lowly title as servant and steward, the Corinthians were judging Paul as being foolish and unwise. Yet why was their judgment such a very small thing to Paul (verse 3-4)? [*REFLECT #1c] When has judgments from others and even from yourself clouded your calling as a servant and steward of the Lord, who is the only true judge over you? [*REFLECT #1d] In their graceless and distorted judgments, why does Paul warn the Corinthians not to pronounce judgment (verse 5)? [*REFLECT #1e] Before the day Jesus calls us home to heaven, or He returns again upon the earth, why should we not pronounce judgment selfishly and mercilessly? Will the day of the Lord – which will reveal all the hidden things in the heart – come as a day of shame or delight to you? How can we welcome over fear this day? SERVANTS ARE HUMBLE RECEIVERS (4:6-13) (Question #2) When we go beyond what Scripture calls us in godly judgment, what happens in our hearts (verse 6)? [*REFLECT #2a] Instead of acknowledging the Lord as giver in whom we have received all things, what kind of attitude grew in the hearts of the Corinthians (verse 7)? [*REFLECT #2b] At times, how are we living as owners instead of receivers of all things from God? [*REFLECT #2c] Sarcastically, what does Paul exclaim about God’s provisions for the Corinthians, proving that they had no grounds to be proud (verse 8)? [*REFLECT #2d] For all that is already in our lives, how is this humbling us over puffing us up to pride? [*REFLECT #2e] Unlike the Corinthians who had every reason to be humble for the provisions God had given, the apostles like Paul had every reason to be prideful in blaming God for a lack of provisions and abundance of persecutions they underwent. Describe some of the things that God had Paul and the apostles go through, becoming the scum of the world (verse 9-13)? [*REFLECT #2f] How does becoming the scum of the world make God look glorious? Why can’t God’s glory come by being kings in this world, or being first in this world? Which one are you in this world? SERVANTS ARE SPIRITUAL FATHERS (4:14-21) (Question #3)“Admonish” means to warn, to advise earnestly. Paul wrote to admonish, not to shame, his readers. What does Paul call them (verse 14)? [*REFLECT #3a] Although they’ve had countless guides, what have they not had that Paul became to them (verse 15-16)? [*REFLECT #3b] How are you growing to not just be a guide in Christ for others, but a spiritual father and spiritual mother in the Lord? [*REFLECT #3c] Who modeled this spiritual fatherhood, whom Paul sent to them (verse 17)? Why did Paul sent him? [*REFLECT #3d] Like Paul, how can your presence and those who represent you, anywhere and everywhere, be a reminder of the ways of Christ? [*REFLECT #3e] What do arrogant people focus on versus what Kingdom-minded people focus on (verse 18-21)? [*REFLECT #3f] How are we living our lives that awakens Christ’s spirit of gentleness over Christ’s rod of discipline?