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Joyful Denial- A Bad Example

Joyful Denial- First Corinthians Part 3

Speaker: Pastor Tim Fraiser
Date: August 12, 2018

 

You may have heard people describe Christianity as a list of rules, just a bunch of do’s and don’t’s. Doesn’t following Jesus mean I’m restricted from doing anything fun? No! In fact, following Jesus comes with great freedom! This newfound freedom comes with a new set of rights. We’re to enjoy our Christian freedom to the glory of God, our joy and love for others. Our only “restriction” comes when we lay down our rights for the sake of others. In a nutshell, love leads to joyful denial. Join us for our new series, Joyful Denial: 1 Corinthians Part 3  7/22—8/19

 

 

Title - A Bad Example

 1 Corinthians 10:11 -  11Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.

 1 Corinthians  10:1-2 - 1For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 

 Exodus 1:13-14 - 13So they ruthlessly made the people of Israel work as slaves 14and made their lives bitter with hard service, in mortar and brick, and in all kinds of work in the field. In all their work they ruthlessly made them work as slaves.

 John 5:24 - 5One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.

1 Corinthians  10:3-10 - 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.6Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 7Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, "The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play." 8We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day. 9We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents, 10nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer. 

 Deuteronomy 8:2-6 - 2And you shall remember the whole way that the Lord your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not. 3And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna, which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord. 4Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. 5Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. 6So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him. 

 Exodus 16:2-3 -  2And the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness, 3and the people of Israel said to them, "Would that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full, for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger."

 Quote - “What we see, is that in an instant you can take the people out of slavery, but it is through a long process that the slavery gets taken out of the people” Halim Suh

 1 Corinthians 10:11-14 - 11Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come. 12Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.14Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

 Numbers 21:4 - 4From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom. And the people became impatient on the way. 

 John 3:14-15 - 14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

 1 Corinthians 10:15-22 - 15I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 18Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? 19What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 22Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

 1 Corinthians 10:21 - . 21You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons. 

 Quote - Half-hearted Christians are the most miserable people of all. They know enough to feel guilty, but they haven’t gone far enough with Christ to be happy. - Ray Ortland

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