2 Corinthians 10:7-18 | Morning Service | Pastor Steve Wainright
Marks of Spiritual Leaders:
Must be of Christ and have a personal relationship with Him. (vs. 7)
Build up others spiritually. (vs. 8)
Love for the people. (vs. 9)
Speak the Word of God. (vs. 10)
Consistent in character. (vs. 11)
Humility. (vs. 12-18) Realizing you’re spiritually bankrupt, poor in spirit, and you’re unworthy of God’s grace. Real leaders desire to give the glory to the right One, the only One who deserves the glory anyway.
1 Corinthians 10:31 | Evening Service | Bro. Anthony Vance “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” -Westminster Shorter Catechism
1)Give glory to God. (vs. 31)
2)Don’t offend fellow believers. (vs. 32)
Do ALL to the glory of God.
1)Our aim: the glory of God.
Bringing glory to self is prideful and robs God of His deserved glory. So often we crave the attention and favor of others, but we should do what we do for the glory of God rather than the praise and spotlight of men.
2)The action: Do. Do.
You’re always doing something and that something should glorify God. Be doers of the Word! Don’t be concerned with falling short, be concerned about your aim.
3)The extent: Everything (whether, whatever, all)
Question to ask yourself: “If I _____, will it glorify God?”
Colossians 3:17; 1 Peter 4:11
Sunday School | Ruth 1 | Bro. Roger Harden “For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. May the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts me from you.” -Ruth 1:16b-17
Note the difference between being kind vs. being pleasant. Kindness carries committment with it. Ruth made a committment to Naomi that was stronger than marriage. She left her home, accepting widowhood and childlessness. (We also discussed the providence of God, even in suffering, and the importance of reminding yourself there is a bigger picture.) A side note: I was so blessed by Sunday School this morning! We had a great discussion that was very encouraging. I love it when everyone participates in discussion and you can see the Holy Spirit at work in people’s hearts.
Morning Worship | 1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1 | Pastor Steve Wainright
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31 Are you glorifying God in your Christian freedom?
[vs. 23- “All things are lawful for me…” So does this mean that anything is fair game? vs. 6- No.]
Don’t ask detailed questions. Don’t get nit-picky.
vs. 27- Dinner with an unbeliever? Don’t ask questions about what they giveyou.
vs. 28- Don’t offend the weaker brother.
vs. 29- Show love toward the other…don’t bring it into question.
vs. 30- Don’t give thanks for something and then turn around and offend someone with it.
vs. 31- Because the glory of God should be your guiding principle in life. (Colossians 3:4)
vs. 32-33- Paul was not going to aim not to offend anyone because his purpose was to win others to the Lord.
vs. 1- Follow me as I follow Christ.
Are you living your life to the glory of God?
Evening Worship | Leviticus 26 | Pastor Steve Wainright
Leviticus 26: God has put the way of life and death, blessing and cursing before the children of Israel. As you read in verse 26 this is a conclusion of all we have read in Leviticus to this point. The ultimate message is choices have consequences. In verses 1 and 2 we se the supreme test of worship. Verses 1-2 give two of the 10 commandments. These two are the core of worship. Verse 1 warns against false worship while verse 2 stresses obedience.
In verses 3-13 we see blessings promised. There are material blessings as we see in these verses related to rain and harvest, peace and the Lord causing the people to be fruitful. The spiritual blessing is Gods’ promised presence. For us today we can see many of the numerous blessings of God. For example: Mt. 6:31-32; His Spirit, prayer, power and relationship to name a few. In verses 14-39 we see cursings. Much more in number than the blessings. Curses are not words said against someone but consequences of behavior. Repentance is possible! A curse is the opposite of a blessing. The curses increase to the point Israel is no longer a nation. In the N.T. there are no curses for the Christian, only discipline (Hebrews 12:5-11). Punishment is for the unbeliever and discipline is for the believer. Christ redeemed us from the curse. Finally, in Lev. 26:40-46, we see grace displayed. Restoration comes after repentance. In verse 41, it isn’t the people who humble their hearts, it is God. The only way a person can humble their heart is for their heart to be circumcised…God alone can do that. Notice Colossians 2:11.
[Kudos to your Pastor for blogging the summary of this evening’s message!]
Sunday School by Steve Dawson “So they strenghtened their hands for the good work.” -Nehemiah 2:18 Ride around your own broken walls and strengthen the weak parts.
Sunday Morning by Steve Wainright “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross.” -Colossians 2:13-14 Canceling the record of debt~my sins have my autograph on them; He blots it out…washes it out. It’s gone! (Papyri is washable, remember!!!!)
Sunday Evening by Steve Wainright “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31 Use every talent God has blessed you with for His glory! Do it beautifully! God has made soething beautiful out of our lives and we are a trophy of His grace!
The Lesson(s) I Learned From an 8-year-old Olivia Grace had a soccer game last night. This wasn’t just a regular soccer game either. It was a scrimmage played at halftime of the UK Women’s soccer game against Auburn. To the “Infernos,” Olivia’s team, that was a big deal! Olivia told her mom that she was excited because it was “just another platform for her to perform on.” She was thrilled to get to show off the talents God has blessed her with to a bigger crowd and on a better field.
“Do all things without grumbling orquestioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of Godwithout blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you
as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.”
You see, Olivia Grace realizes that each opportunity she is given is a chance to shine, not only for her family and friends, but also for her Heavenly Father.
Olivia also loves to sing. She sings at home a lot! But, when the school talent show rolled around, she used the bigger platform to shine even more!
Every time we play Scrabble, Olivia always wins (and keep in mind she’s the youngest of those playing). Who knows, she might play in the Scrabble Championships one day!
God has given each one of us different platforms to perform on. We have stages at work, school, at social events, church, outreach ministries and just in everyday life. Sometimes it may be a small platform and sometimes He blesses us with a big one, but whatever kind of platform He chooses to give us, we need to use it to glorify Him.
So, thank you, Miss Olivia Grace, for reminding me to shine for Christ and always do everything for His glory!
“You could be a scientist. You could be a soccer player. It doesn’t matter as long as you do it all for the glory of God. So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” (Our Song from 1 Corinthians 10:31)
“I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:14, her favorite verse)!
I got this from Eric Simmons’ New Attitude Blog. This list comes from Thomas Watson, single pastor from the 1600s. He wrote this in his book Body of Divinity (a book Spurgeon used in his pastor’s college). The first chapter is “How Do We Glorify God?” The list includes 16 ways, the last three of which Simmons has not written about yet.
How Do We Aim to Glorify God?
1. “We aim at Gods’ glory when we prefer his Glory above all other things: Above credit, above wealth, above control, above ease, pleasure and the praise of men.”
2. “We aim at God’s glory when we are content that God’s will should take place, THOUGH IT MAY CROSS OURS.”
3. “We aim at God’s glory with our life when we are CONTENT to be outshined by others in gifts and esteem so that his glory may be increased”. [personally, my most convicting one…ouch!]
4. “We aim at God’s glory by an honest and sincere confession of sin.”
5. “We glorify God by believing him.”
6. “We glorify God by being fruitful.”
7. “We Glorify God by being CONTENTED in that state in which providence has placed us.” Here’s a great quote from that section: “We give God the glory for his wisdom, when we rest satisfied with what he carves out for us.”
8. “We Glorify God by working out our salvation through the spiritual disciplines.”
9. “We glorify God by living to God–we live to God when we live to his service.” How do we serve? “We spend ourselves and are spent that we may win souls for Christ.”
10. “We glorify God by walking cheerfully. It reflects upon a master when the servant is always moping and sad. Your serving him does not glorify Him unless it be with gladness.”
11. “We glorify god by contending for the truth.”
12. “We glorify God by praising him.”
13. “We glorify God when we have an eye to God in our natural and in our civil actions; in eating, in drinking. A grace filled person hold the golden bridle of temperance, he makes his food, not fuel for lust, but help to duty.”
If you don’t know 1 Corinthians 10:31 by heart, ask your youngster…I’m sure they could help you! :o)
Which one convicted you the most?! (Leave a comment).