Tom Scott - 11/02/2018

1 Corinthians 7:32-40

 E-Study

February 12, 2018

What a Sunday morning we had yesterday!  It was the hardy soul that made it to church with the layer of ice on the roads.  Despite the winter weather; God blessed us with a great crowd.  Jase led us in some powerful songs which got us to thinking about what an awesome God we serve.  The message for yesterday came from 1 Corinthians chapter seven and dealt with our need for a family devotional time.  This was a hard topic for me because it is something that our family has struggled with.  It is difficult to find the time when our children are growing up and moving on.  We may not be able to change the past; but we can work on the present.  Here are five questions to help us reflect upon the message.

1. George Barna Research has come out with some new findings on those that are a part of what is being called Generation Z (born between 1999-2015).  I mentioned some of the findings that relate to family in the opening lines of the message.  What are some of the trends you see in this generation?

2. Paul writes in First Corinthians chapter seven about the issues of sexual immorality that appeared to be creeping into the church.  Paul wanted to free them of these concerns.  Why do some people suggest Paul is against marriage when you read verses 32 to 40 in this chapter?

3. When it comes to creating a time of family devotions; I suggested that there are three things we need to consider.  The first is our own personal time of devotion with the Lord.  (Luke 10:41-42)  Do we tend to be a Mary or Martha when it comes to spending time with the Lord?

4. Joshua chapter 24 tells us about the last message the Israelite leaders shared with the people.  In verse 15, he makes a bold statement about his families desire to worship the Lord.  What are some of the factors that stand in the way of you having a family devotional time and how can you overcome these challenges?

5. The third consideration that I mentioned was the role of the church.  We need to be the cheerleaders when it comes to families taking time to spend together with the Lord.  Parents need some encouragement from those who have gone before them when it comes to these things.  What is something that you can do to help cheer on the next generation of parents?

Thanks again to everyone who came out yesterday for the service.  It was good to see you here.  Let’s keep up the good work of inviting others to come and join us on Sunday morning.  I’m looking forward to the Sunday when the weather is good enough that everyone can come.  Till then, stay warm and dry!
  
In His Service,
Tom

 

Sermon Outline

Walking Together

1 Corinthians 7:32-40

Introduction: As hard as it is to find time for personal devotions, I want to take us one step further this morning. Family devotions can spur on our spiritual growth. We will look at what the apostle Paul has to say in First Corinthians chapter seven.

I. Put down the phones.

Have you read any articles in which they talk about our addiction to cell phones?

A. Let me share my concern.

New research has been published on what is being called Generation Z which was born between 1998 and 2015.

B. Paul shared his concern.

1 Corinthians 7:32-40

1 Corinthians 7:32-40
I would like you to be free from concern. An unmarried man is concerned about the Lord’s affairs—how he can please the Lord. But a married man is concerned about the affairs of this world—how he can please his wife— and his interests are divided. An unmarried woman or virgin is concerned about the Lord’s affairs: Her aim is to be devoted to the Lord in both body and spirit. But a married woman is concerned about the affairs of this world—how she can please her husband. I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord. If anyone is worried that he might not be acting honorably toward the virgin he is engaged to, and if his passions are too strong and he feels he ought to marry, he should do as he wants. He is not sinning. They should get married. But the man who has settled the matter in his own mind, who is under no compulsion but has control over his own will, and who has made up his mind not to marry the virgin—this man also does the right thing. So then, he who marries the virgin does right, but he who does not marry her does better. A woman is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to marry anyone she wishes, but he must belong to the Lord. In my judgment, she is happier if she stays as she is—and I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

II. Turn off the television.

How much time do you spend in front of the television on an average day?

A. Dealing with distractions.

Matthew 10:37-39

Matthew 10:37-39
“Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

B. Calling for devotion.

Psalm 127:1-2

Psalm 127:1-2
Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.

III. Gather around the table.

This morning we will look at the value of family devotions.

A. The role of the individual.

Luke 10:41-42

Luke 10:41-42
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

B. The role of the family.

Joshua 24:14-15

Joshua 24:14-15
“Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your ancestors worshiped beyond the Euphrates River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”

C. The role of the church.

1 Timothy 4:11-14

1 Timothy 4:11-14
Command and teach these things. Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching. Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.

Conclusion: Creating a family devotional time can be a real challenge for some of us. We can overcome these challenges if we are committed to the idea of spending time together as a family getting to know God better. Let’s consider how a devotional time might benefit our family.

Theme: Family devotions can spur on our spiritual growth

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