Nov 30, 2013

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One Year Chronological Bible Study Day 332

One Year Chronological Bible Study Day 332

For 2013, we here at Jesus Slave will be reading the Bible in chronological order.  Each day we will present and reflect on a snippet of scripture.  We welcome the chance to hear your thoughts each day so please leave a comment.  We also encourage you to read the Bible without the aid of study guides.  We feel it is important to allow God’s Word to speak directly to you without any outside influences.  We understand that sometimes you may run into a roadblock and draw a blank.

The Chronological outline of our study can be found HERE

1 Corinthians 5

Sexual Immorality Defiles the Church

1 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. 2 And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you. 3 For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. 4 When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, 5 you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord. 6 Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? 7 Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. 8 Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people– 10 not at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler–not even to eat with such a one. 12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? 13 God judges those outside. “Purge the evil person from among you.”

1 Corinthians 6

Lawsuits Against Believers

1 When one of you has a grievance against another, does he dare go to law before the unrighteous instead of the saints? 2 Or do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you incompetent to try trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we are to judge angels? How much more, then, matters pertaining to this life! 4 So if you have such cases, why do you lay them before those who have no standing in the church? 5 I say this to your shame. Can it be that there is no one among you wise enough to settle a dispute between the brothers, 6 but brother goes to law against brother, and that before unbelievers? 7To have lawsuits at all with one another is already a defeat for you. Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded? 8 But you yourselves wrong and defraud–even your own brothers!9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, 10 nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Flee Sexual Immorality

12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be enslaved by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”–and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

1 Corinthians 7

Principles for Marriage

1 Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” 2 But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. 3 The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. 4 For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. 6 Now as a concession, not a command, I say this. 7 I wish that all were as I myself am. But each has his own gift from God, one of one kind and one of another. 8 To the unmarried and the widows I say that it is good for them to remain single as I am. 9 But if they cannot exercise self-control, they should marry. For it is better to marry than to burn with passion. 10 To the married I give this charge (not I, but the Lord): the wife should not separate from her husband 11 (but if she does, she should remain unmarried or else be reconciled to her husband), and the husband should not divorce his wife. 12 To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. 13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called youto peace. 16 For how do you know, wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, husband, whether you will save your wife?

Live as You Are Called

17 Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. 18 Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. 19 For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. 20 Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called. 21 Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. (But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity.) 22 For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.24 So, brothers,in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.

The Unmarried and the Widowed

25 Now concerning the betrothed,I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord’s mercy is trustworthy. 26 I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is. 27 Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife. 28 But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that. 29 This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none, 30 and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods, 31 and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away. 32 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord. 33 But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife, 34 and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband. 35 I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.36 If anyone thinks that he is not behaving properly toward his betrothed, if his passions are strong, and it has to be, let him do as he wishes: let them marry–it is no sin. 37 But whoever is firmly established in his heart, being under no necessity but having his desire under control, and has determined this in his heart, to keep her as his betrothed, he will do well. 38 So then he who marries his betrothed does well, and he who refrains from marriage will do even better. 39 A wife is bound to her husband as long as he lives. But if her husband dies, she is free to be married to whom she wishes, only in the Lord. 40 Yet in my judgment she is happier if she remains as she is. And I think that I too have the Spirit of God.

1 Corinthians 8

  1. 11 But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindler—not even to eat with such a one. (1 Corinthians 5:11, ESV)

    The reading today had some tough things to understand. Paul was dealing out some discipline on the Corinthians. Church discipline is always a tough topic as it is not an easy process for those going through or for those enforcing it. The key word in the above verse for me is “the name of brother.” This tells me that it is specifically talking to those that claim to be followers of Jesus. The other fact that can’t be ignored is the meaning or purpose behind all church discipline. IT IS DESIGNED TO CAUSE THOSE IN SIN TO TURN BACK TO THE LORD. It isn’t to simply put people out.

    The question that keeps running through my mind is what would the world look like if “the church” would have been willing to follow through on discipline without being concerned about the public backlash? How many peoples lives would have been restored and thus saved? This idea vs the one that prevailed, which is one of tolerance which carries virtually 0% chance of restoration. Hmmm.

  2. Much about how to deal with Christians that are not living as a Christian should. There is definitely a big difference between how do deal with believers vs non-believers when confronting how they are currently living.

  3. This was an interesting read for me because parts of the reading relate to an issue that’s come up in my family in the past couple weeks and I’ve had some trouble understanding what the bible says and if it is acceptable to the lord. So I found the read very interesting.
    I also liked the section of the reading that talked about marriage. And I believe it relates to other situations in life. Wherever you go in life and whoever you incounter it is important that the lord always takes precedence in your life and always the #1 priority in life. In the reading it used married and unmarried people as an example. When you are unmarried you are not as tempted to let others take precedence over your relationship with Jesus but when you become married to a significant other the temptation to allow someone to be more important than Jesus is there. It is important that Your faith and relationship in the lord is always most important in your life.

    • I agree Hailey. Paul was clearly trying to keep us (followers of Jesus) as focused as possible on following Jesus by removing distractions. Clearly he is indicating how vital this is for us!

  4. clayton says:

    22 For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.24 So, brothers,in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.

    Following God’s call on your life is not always easy. You may be called away from family, familiar territory or out of your comfort zone. Some may have a more “glamorous” calling than others, but as you find yourself in God’s will for your life you will find peace, comfort and guidance in the lord.

  5. The reading definitely relates to life and how we should live our lives. The Lord wants us as christians to keep him in our lives no matter if we get married or not and also outside of that, keep the Lord in our lives no matter what the circumstances are.

    Verse 15 was interesting to me in how the scripture was laid out. The scripture asked the question, “Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ?” I comprehended that God gave us our lives and spirits and blessed each and every one of us and for that in return, we should use our bodies that he created and move about the world worshipping him and living our lives the way he would want us to. Believe and preach his word and appreciate our lives he created for us. Later in life, God will return the favor, once more blessing each of us in eternal life by sending us to heaven.

    • Brett, I love your thought on appreciating life as God gave it to us. That is something I don’t think we do enough….I know that it don’t. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I found this passage to be present some deep material. I think the thing that stuck out the most is what Ed referred to. We are to treat nonbelievers differently than we treat believers when it comes to sin. Our culture loves the phrase “don’t judge me” and they will often refer to it being in the bible. Well, Paul indicates that God will be the judge of people not following Jesus but that we have a responsibility to those claiming to be Christians in regards to sin in their life.

    This responsibility is not to make us prideful or to put other down or to shame others but rather is it merely to be a redirection back to being devoted to and surrendered to following Jesus and all of the things that He taught through the scripture.

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