Tom Scott - 25/06/2017
1 Corinthians 13:4
Date: June 26, 2017
Yesterday we were blessed to have Lisa Davis at the microphone as we sang our praises to God. We appreciate her filling in for Jase as he is visiting his mother before his upcoming surgery. Keep Jase in prayer as his surgery will be scheduled soon. It was also a blessing watching the video from camp Allendale. Those teens are amazing when it comes to doing work projects around the camp. This Fall the church will be headed to camp for a mission trip. In the coming weeks we will provide more details on the adventure. Another blessing from yesterday is all the people who were here. It was good to have a decent crowd for the first Sunday of summer. Let’s keep them coming.
The message for the day came from First Corinthians 13:4. Paul is giving a working definition for love here in verses four through eight. We stopped at the fourth part of that definition which tells us that love doesn’t boast or brag. That’s a tough one in our society today. As Garfield likes to say, “It’s hard to be humble when you are as good as me.” Let’s spend some time this week reflecting on the message by working our way through these five questions.
1. The message began with several examples of individuals who like to boast about the abilities to perform. If you had to share an example of someone who likes to boast or brag, who would you turn to?
2. In Daniel chapter four we read about a time when King Nebuchadnezzar went mad because of his boastful spirit. As we read through the chapter; what are some signs that the king is getting a little too big for his britches?
3. During the message, I shared three keys to help us stay out of trouble when it comes to boasting. The first key is to be honest. Read again what Paul writes in Ephesians 4:25. Why do you feel far too many individuals these days struggle with being honest with others?
4. The second key was to be accountable to one another. When we allow others to speak into our lives; it can help us from crossing the line. Solomon says in Proverbs 27:2 that we should let others praise us. Have you invited someone into your life who can hold your ego in check?
5. Along with being honest and accountable, I suggested that we need to be mindful that who we are comes from God. Jeremiah 9:23 and 24 reminds us that apart from Christ; we are nothing. If we are going to boast; let us boast in the Lord. How does singing songs unto God help us boast in the Lord?
Sharing God’s word is such a privilege. Thank you for the opportunity to do so here at Cumberland. As I mentioned at the end of the service yesterday; I’m looking forward to this Fall and some of the plans which are being put into place. Join me in praying that God might continue to bless His church.
In His Service,