LIFe with God: October 6

Posted on October 6, 2010

Scripture

1 Corinthians 5-6

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Observation

How is the church to respond to sexual immorality? How are the members of the church to respond individually to people in unrepentant immorality? How are disputes between believers to be handled?

Application

Do I simply look away from or wink at sexual immorality in the church? Am I part of the problem or part of the solution? How am I to keep from becoming involved in sexual sin myself? If I am in a dispute with a fellow Christian, what does this passage teach me regarding dealing with that dispute?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that my church would never be proud of sexual immorality in our midst. May we always be a church that stands firmly against it. If we discover people engaged in such activity, may we always confront them and give them an opportunity to repent–but if they do not, may we be filled with grief and put out the people involved, handing them over to Satan so the sinful nature might be destroyed and their spirits saved on the day of the Lord. Help us to remember that just as a little yeast works through the whole batch of dough. So strengthen us to get rid of the old, sinful yeast that we may be a new batch without yeast, as we really are. For Christ was sacrificed for us, so help us not to celebrate the old lifestyle of malice and wickedness, but the new one of sincerity and truth. May we not associate with sexually immoral people–not at all meaning the unsaved people of this world, for in that case we would have to leave the world–but with anyone who calls himself a Christian but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. May we not even eat with such people. Strengthen us to obey You and expel such people from among us.

Father, may we not take our disputes before worldly judges instead of the church. If we have disputes, may we appoint as judges even men of little account in the church if no one wise can be found. But may brothers not file lawsuits against one another in front of unbelievers. May we rather choose to be wronged and cheated, and so not bring shame on the church. May we not cheat and wrong our brothers, but help us remember that, though we once were wicked, we were washed and sanctified and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by Your Holy Spirit. So, though everything may be permissible, help me to set aside what is not beneficial. May I remember that You raised Christ and You will raise me also, and my body is a member of Christ. Therefore, I must not use it as a means for sexual sin. Instead, help me choose to flee from sexual immorality, remembering that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in me, who I have received from You. I am not my own; I was bought at a great price. Therefore, may I honor You with my body. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Patrick Hall
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for the relationship between generations–parents, children, grandparents

  • That the true Christian faith of older generation would be clearly communicated and passed down to children
  • That saved children in unsaved families would clearly exhibit and communicate the faith to their parents and grandparents
  • A harvest of souls of all ages
  • Good, nurturing relationships

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. – Romans 6:11

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