Tom Scott - 4/02/2018

1 Corinthians 7:25-31

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Date: February 5, 2018

Everyone is talking about the big game from last night.  It was a great game if you are an Eagles fan because your team won.  Some of us were cheering for the Eagles simply because we did not want the Patriots to win again.   The morning after news will tell us which commercials won and which ones didn’t.  There is a lot of hype created over the big game and all that goes into it.  Our family enjoyed watching the entire game and making comments throughout.  It was a good evening to be home around the television as a family.  Yesterday was also a good day to be together with family at our Father’s house.  We were not gathered around his big screen television watching people crush into one another; instead we gathered around his word for an inspiration message that would encourage us in our spiritual journey.  Our meal was not pizza and root beer, but wafers and grape juice.  Instead of commercials; we enjoyed some great worship songs.  It was good to be in the Lord’s house yesterday.  If you missed it; the good news is that we will do it again in six more days.  Here are five questions to help us reflect upon yesterday’s message which came from First Corinthians chapter seven.  The topic was spending time alone with God.

1.  Recent surveys indicated that nearly twenty percent of churchgoers never or rarely read their Bibles.  That number is incredibly high in my mind when you consider the beauty of God’s word.  How many days in the past week did you spend in God’s word and prayer?

2. Paul was writing to a church dealing with a crisis.  The town was known for it’s gross immorality and Paul saw it slipping into the church.  As we come to chapter seven, he has addressed the subject in the previous three chapters.  How would Paul compare Corinth to Indianapolis when it comes to the level of immorality that we see today?

3. During the second half of the message I offered five considerations when it comes to developing a daily devotional time.  The first consideration is motivation.  Peter talks about craving pure, spiritual milk in 1 Peter 2:2-3.  What is the greatest motivating factor for you when it comes to spending time alone with God?

4. Some other considerations I mentioned are the time, place, and structure of our daily time alone with God.  Each of us is unique in how God created us.  With that in mind, what is something that you feel needs to improve when it comes to your time with God?

5. The last consideration I shared in the message was determination.  Several sources talked about creating a 21-day plan to get involved in a daily habit of spending time with God.  Is there something that can be used to help you follow through with that commitment?

God’s word is so rich and so full that there is always something to be gained from spending time in it.  Let me encourage you to get plugged into a daily time with God.  James 4:8 contains such a great promise that if we will draw near to God; he will draw near to us.  Let’s make a commitment to draw near to God today.

In His Service,
Tom

Sunday morning service
Impacting Lives For God
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Walking Alone

1 Corinthians 7:25-31

Introduction: Having a daily devotional time is vital to our spiritual development. This morning we are going to look at the importance of spending time with God.

I. Early in the morning.

When do you find it best to spend some time alone with God?

A. It started with shame.

More than 20 years ago I was challenged to develop a daily time with the Lord.

B. It can be difficult.

1 Corinthians 7:25-31

1 Corinthians 7:25-31
Now about virgins: I have no command from the Lord, but I give a judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. Because of the present crisis, I think that it is good for a man to remain as he is. Are you pledged to a woman? Do not seek to be released. Are you free from such a commitment? Do not look for a wife. But if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. But those who marry will face many troubles in this life, and I want to spare you this. What I mean, brothers and sisters, is that the time is short. From now on those who have wives should live as if they do not; those who mourn, as if they did not; those who are happy, as if they were not; those who buy something, as if it were not theirs to keep; those who use the things of the world, as if not engrossed in them. For this world in its present form is passing away.

II. During the afternoon.

What is the biggest obstacle for you when it comes to finding time to spend with God in a daily devotion?

A. Because of the present crisis.

Mark 1:35

Mark 1:35
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.

B. Because the time is short.

1 Peter 4:7

1 Peter 4:7
The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.

III. Late in the evening.

Here are five items to consider when it comes to developing a daily devotional time with the Lord.

A. We need to find the motivation.

2 Peter 2:2-3

1 Peter 2:2-3
Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.

B. We need to find the time.

Psalm 46:10

Psalm 46:10
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

C. We need to find the place.

Habakkuk 2:1

Hab. 2:1
I will stand at my watch and station myself on the ramparts; I will look to see what he will say to me, and what answer I am to give to this complaint.

D. We need to find the structure.

James 4:8

James 4:8
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

E. We need to find the determination.

Romans 12:2

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Conclusion: All of us are unique in how God created us. Our daily devotional time should also be unique to us. One of the keys to a prosperous spiritual journey is that time spent with God on a daily bases.

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