Tom Scott - 2/07/2017

1 Corinthians 13:4


Date: July 3, 2017

This Monday is a bit different for some because of the 4th of July.  Some individuals have the day off from work due to the Holiday while others are taking the day off as a vacation.  Either way, they are hopefully enjoying a four day weekend.  Many were missing from church yesterday as they traveled or visited family.  Again, it is my prayer that they remain safe and return home rested and refreshed.  Tomorrow is an important holiday for many in our country because of the freedoms we enjoy.  Having been outside the country on this holiday; I recognize the fact that Independence Day is truly American.
It is also true that liberty from the bondage of sin is truly a Christian experience.  God has made it possible for us to no longer live as slaves to sin, but have been set free to live for Christ.  We are truly blessed to have the freedom to serve God out of grateful for what He has done for us.  It is the outpouring of God’s love that sets us free.  Our liberty from sin is the results of God’s ultimate demonstration of love.
Yesterday we talked about love and how we define it in our world today.  The apostle Paul says in First Corinthians chapter 13 that love isn’t proud.  We spent some time looking at Bible stories that deepen our understanding of what happens when we allow pride to creep into our lives and then we discovered some keys to help us tackle this issue.  Here are five questions to help us reflect upon the message.

1.  What is something special you will do on the 4th of July to celebrate our independence as a country or as an individual?

2. When you think about the word “proud,” what are some Biblical examples that come to mind and what lessons do we learn from these stories?  2 Kings 5 and Acts 12 are two examples I shared in the message.

3. There were five suggestions given for tackling the issue of pride in our lives.  The first suggestion was to turn to God and the second was to ask for forgiveness.  Why is it so difficult for proud individuals to ask God for forgiveness?

4. For the third suggestion I suggested that we needed to focus on others.  The fourth suggestion was to flee from those situations which would cause to fall into temptation.  Where are you most like to struggle with the sin of pride?

5. Finally, I suggested that we need to yearn for humility.  The word “yearn” means to seek with passion.  What are some verses of scripture which we can turn to which talk about our need for humility in our lives?

At the end of the service I mentioned the opportunity to double our attendance for this coming Sunday.  Let me encourage you to invite someone to come with you on Sunday as we look at the next piece of the puzzle from First Corinthians chapter 13.  Also, let me personally invite you to come on Wednesday night, July 12th as we start a five week series through the Prayer of Jabez.  This study holds lots of promise for the church as we look to Impact Lives For God.  Join me at 6:30pm in the Conference Room.

In His Service,

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