Friday, September 14, 2012

Getting Down to Business

Given the historically silly, biblically simplistic, theologically shallow, culturally short-sighted, and even personally self-serving applications that are all-too-common when it comes to "becoming all things to all men," we have had to spend a fair amount of time observing the apostle Paul carefully to discern what it was that he thought and did in order to become all things to all. His loyal love for God and devotion to others moved him to serve them in costly ways. It certainly didn't win any popularity contests for Paul (2 Cor 11:7-11), but it did enable him to share with others in the blessings of the gospel.

That's what we want, too. It's time to take what we have learned and get down to the real business of serving others for the sake of the gospel. Join us this Lord's Day in order to join together in this sacrificial service of love!

Songs
Ye Servants of God, Your Master Proclaim (#44)
Doxology
Take My Life and Let It Be (#560)
Make Me a Captive, Lord (#565)
Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today (#156)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 3; Psalm 4
New Testament: Luke 1:57-80

Sermon
A Godly Example of Liberty in Love: Part 6: Becoming All Things to All Men - 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

QE3

The idolatry continues unabated. It's amazing how when a people's idol begins to topple, they start pounding nails to prop it up (Jer 10:4). We talked about this in our sermon "The Idols Right Under Our Noses."

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Reading the Best

It's been really quiet on the blog lately. I feel like I haven't had enough mental energy left over from other tasks to post anything worthwhile here. However, I have put up a book recommendation over at Religious Affections Ministries website that I hope you'll check out. While you are at it, take a look at the entire series of book recommendations, then start reading!

Friday, September 07, 2012

Free to Become All that Christ Wants Us to Be

We have stressed the importance of understanding God’s plan and where we are at in his plan so that we will know how to live appropriately. We now live in the new covenant era, which has wonderful implications for how we serve others. We are not bound by the old covenant order. In order to be free to serve all, we must operate according to the law of Christ, and this perspective is crucial in order to have the wisdom to live in a land full of idols. Many times the exact same action may be right or wrong depending on the context, on its meaning at that point in the story. If it is participation in idolatry, it is terribly wrong. If it is not, then it is ours in Christ.

Join us as we are trained by the Word of God to surrender our rights and serve others for the sake of the gospel.

Songs
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing (#243)
Doxology
Hark! the Gospel News Is Sounding (#293)
Ho! Ye that Thirst (#678)
There Is a Happy Land (#722)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 2; Psalm 20
New Testament: Luke 1:26-56

Sermon
A Godly Example of Liberty in Love: Part 5: Becoming All Things to All Men - 1 Corinthians 9:19-23 

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Forging Ahead

The machete was swinging hard and fast in our last sermon on 1 Corinthians 9:19-23, clearing a path through the jungle of misleading applications of "all things to all men."  But clearing the path is not enough. We actually want to get to the destination of serving others for the sake of the gospel. How should we become "all things to all men?" Join us this Lord's Day to continue our quest to lay down our lives for the glory of God and the good of others.

Songs
Hark! the Herald Angels Sing (#90)
Doxology
O Sacred Head Now Wounded (#139)
Christ, the Lord, Is Risen Today (#156)
Look, Ye Saints (#163)

Scripture Reading
Old Testament: Leviticus 1; Psalm 51
New Testament: Luke 1:1-24

Sermon
A Godly Example of Liberty in Love: Part 4: All Things to All Men - 1 Corinthians 9:19-23