Last week Pastor Sean preached from 1 Corinthians 7:25-40. His message was titled “The Privilege and Passion of Singles.” He taught that our identity and purpose are not found in our marital status, our identity and purpose are found only in Jesus. Instead of living for the “next thing,” singles and married couples alike should live for what God has for them now, “fully enjoying the gospel and in that enjoyment living fully for Christ.” If you missed the sermon, here is a link to listen or watch online.
He also offered some ways that married couples can serve and care for singles.
- Seek to connect singles for marriage with spiritual wisdom and sensitivity. Hook them up in a godly way.
- Don’t view them merely as babysitters
- Listen to them.
- Be there for them to give input into their dating relationships
- Invite them over for dinner
- Make them a part of your family. Fold them into family devotion time, intentionality with neighboods or fun time at the park.
- Encourage them with where you see God at work in them
- Serve them remembering there is no division of duties especially for the single women, and even more for the single moms.
- Pray for them- for their contentment in Christ,for a future spouse if that is their desire, etc.
This week we will “proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes,” (1Cor 11:26) by taking the Lord’s Supper together. Take some time to examine your heart and come ready to take part in this precious family meal.
Our study this Sunday will cover 1 Corinthians 8. Pastor Sean will teach about the privilege of freedom.
“We make decisions all the time regarding what we do with our free time. From what sports to play, books to read, people to serve, house projects to tackle, errands to run, shows to watch, and food to eat, the opportunities are seemingly endless. Paul addresses the church at Corinth about one of these areas- eating. He gives us some guidelines for using our freedom to make much of God. Although the church at Corinth was free to eat whatever food they wished, they were not free to eat meat sacrificed to an idol if that was tempting other brothers and sisters to go against their conscience. Even though it was over something simple like food, the freedom of some in the church at Corinth was leading others in the church to stumble in their faith. Our lesson this week is walking with God while keeping others on our minds, even in our freedom. We get the privilege to use our freedom to build up others even if it means refraining from something we are free to do.” -Pastor Sean
This week we will sing songs praising God for His great love toward us through the Cross of Jesus. Get ready to sing together by listening or downloading these songs!
Let Your Kingdom Come by Bob Kauflin Listen or Download
Friend of God by Michael Gungor and Israel Houghton Listen or Download
Before the Throne of God Above by Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook Listen or Download
Jesus, Thank You By Pat Sczebel Listen or Download
See you on Sunday!