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Joyful Denial- Gray Matters

Joyful Denial- First Corinthians Part 3

Speaker: Pastor Tim Fraiser
Date: August 19, 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 - Gray Matters

 1 Corinthians 10:23 – 23 "All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up.

 Discerning The Gray Areas of Life

  1. Is it sinful?

1 Corinthians 10:23 – 23 "All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up.

                       

  1. Is it helpful?

1 Corinthians 10:23 – 23 "All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful. "All things are lawful," but not all things build up.

 

  1. Is it for the good of others

1 Corinthians 10:24-30 -  24Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26For "the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof." 27If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 28But if someone says to you, "This has been offered in sacrifice," then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— 29I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else's conscience? 30If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

 

Philippians 2:3-4 – 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 

 

Luke 22:27 – 27 For who is the greater, one who reclines at table or one who serves? Is it not the one who reclines at table? But I am among you as the one who serves.

 

  1. Is it for the glory of God

 

1 Corinthians 10:31 – 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

                                   

                       

1 Corinthians 10:32-33 – 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

 

1 Corinthians 9:22b-23 -  22To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

 

Quote -           All things are lawful. But this liberty must be lived out in the spirit of Augustine’s maxim, ‘Love, and do what you will.’ If we love, in the sense in which the New Testament understands love, we need no other guide. The Corinthians, however, were taking Christian liberty to mean, not an unbounded opportunity to show the scope of love, but an incredible means of gratifying their own desires. - Leon Morris

                       

1 Corinthians 11:1 -1Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

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