Published on August 12th, 2013 | by Jon Meyers0
Worship: August 18th, 2013
On Sunday, August 18th, Pastor Tony continued his sermon series in I Corinthians: Life in the Household of God. He reminded us through this passage to be careful making big decisions in perilous times. Worship services on Sunday were at 8:30 and 11:00 AM.
8:30 am Early Worship Service
9:45 am Children’s Sunday School
10:00 am Youth and Adult Sunday School
11:00 am Late Worship Service
6:00 pm Evening Prayer & Study
Text: 1 Corinthians 7:25-40
The Unmarried and the Widowed
 Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy.  I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is.  Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife.  But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that.  This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,  and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods,  and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord.  But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife,  and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.  I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
 If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry—it is no sin.  But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well.  So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better.
 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord.  Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.
Additional Readings: The Westminster Shorter Catechism Q/A’s 84-87
Q. 84. What doth every sin deserve?
A. Every sin deserveth God’s wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come.
Q. 85. What doth God require of us, that we may escape his wrath and curse, due to us for sin?
A. To escape the wrath and curse of God, due to us for sin, God requireth of us faith in Jesus Christ, repentance unto life, with the diligent use of all the outward means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption.
Q. 86. What is faith in Jesus Christ?
A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.
Q. 87. What is repentance unto life?
A. Repentance unto life is a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.
Full Liturgy for August 18, 2013 (PDF)
Sermons from the Exposition of I Corinthians
(click on the link for the sermon page with audio)
|God’s Promises at Covenant Crossing||Joshua 3||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Stone Signs: Memorial to the Children||Joshua 4||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Is God on our side or our we on God’s side||Joshua 5||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Doing Things God’s Way Brings Victory||Joshua 6||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Doing things your own way brings Defeat||Joshua 7||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Covenant Curse and Covenant Blessing||Joshua 7||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Ambush at Ai||Joshua 8||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Covenant Renewal Service||Joshua 8||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Hasty Decisions||Joshua 9||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|The Day the Sun Stood Still||Joshua 10||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|The Battle Belongs to the Lord||Joshua 10||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Hardened Hearts||Joshua 11||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Following with your Whole Heart||Joshua 14:1-15||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|We all need a Refuge||Joshua 20:1-9||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Our Faithful Promise Keeper||Joshua 21:43-22:9||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|When Alter-Cation Arise||Joshua 22:10-34||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|No God But God||Joshua 23:1-16||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Everything Heart and Soul||Joshua 23:1-16||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|History 101||Joshua 24:1-13||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Who Will You Serve||Joshua 24:14-28||Rev. Nathan Currey|
|Go the Distance||Joshua 24:19-33||Rev. Nathan Currey|