Dec 1, 2013

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One Year Chronological Bible Study Day 333

One Year Chronological Bible Study Day 333

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 9

Paul Surrenders His Rights

1 Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are not you my workmanship in the Lord? 2 If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you, for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. 3 This is my defense to those who would examine me. 4 Do we not have the right to eat and drink? 5 Do we not have the right to take along a believing wife, as do the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? 6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? 7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Or who tends a flock without getting some of the milk? 8 Do I say these things on human authority? Does not the Law say the same? 9 For it is written in the Law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it treads out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10 Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of sharing in the crop. 11 If we have sown spiritual things among you, is it too much if we reap material things from you? 12 If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we even more? Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ. 13 Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? 14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel. 15 But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting. 16 For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18 What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel. 19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To 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. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

1 Corinthians 10

Warning Against Idolatry

1 For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2 and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3 and all ate the same spiritual food, 4 and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ. 5 Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did. 7 Do 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.” 8 We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.9 We 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. 11 Now 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. 12 Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 13 No 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. 14 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry. 15 I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say. 16 The 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? 17 Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread. 18 Consider the people of Israel:are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar? 19 What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything? 20 No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons. 21 You 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. 22 Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

Do All to the Glory of God

23 “All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. 24 Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. 25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. 26 For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” 27 If 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. 28 But 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– 29 I 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? 31So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just 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 11

1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Head Coverings

2 Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. 3 But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. 4 Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, 5 but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven. 6For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head. 7 For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man. 8 For man was not made from woman, but woman from man. 9 Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man. 10 That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels. 11 Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman; 12 for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God. 13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? 14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, 15 but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. 16If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.

The Lord’s Supper

17 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse. 18 For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part, 19 for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized. 20When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat. 21 For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk. 22 What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not. 23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died. 31 But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. 33 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another– 34 if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home–so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come.

  1. 24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control,1 lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. (1 Corinthians 9:24-27, ESV)

    Yesterday, my family enjoyed an amazing experience as our nephew competed in the 2013 Nike Cross Northeast Regional Championship in New York. He is a junior in High School and an extremely gifted athlete. I had the opportunity to talk with him on the night before the race. To me, it was one of our top 3 conversations. Griffin told me that he was going to run to win. He treasured the opportunity to race some of the best runners in this part of the country. Some he knew of, others he didn’t, but he looked forward to seeing how he stacked up. At the same time, he felt blessed to even have this opportunity. You see, Griffin hasn’t been running all that long. This is only his second year of x-country and he is already a state champion! But there’s more. Griffin is a follower of the Way. He loves Jesus and is looking forward to being used by his Savior in this life. He is a loving, caring and bright young man that I believe is being prepared for the Lord’s work that will make this season of running seam rather distant. That isn’t to take away from the blessings we are all receiving as we watch this young man compete at an elite level, just a glimpse of what I believe God is doing.

    I don’t think it is a coincidence that today’s reading was the above. I’m honored to write this and tie it to Griffin’s journey. As I mentioned before, he is a gifted athlete, however he still must train and be disciplined in doing so. Today, this training is for a “perishable wreath.” But it will be this experience that will prepare him for the race to obtain the “imperishable” wreath. Griffin is learning how to “run that he may obtain it.” He is learning that it doesn’t come easy. That the world will do everything it can to stop us from reaching the pinnacle, the prize. It takes sacrifice. Sacrifice of time, energy, and resources. It may cost him relationships and other things as he commits to running this race. It will take focus. To be successful, he can’t “run aimlessly or box as one beating the air.” He will need to stick to the plan. He will need to remain humble “lest after preaching (running) to others, he should be disqualified.” He will need to remember who has laid this course out for him. Who is the one in control of this life and learn why he has been given these opportunities.

    I have absolute belief in Griffin. He is an amazing young man and I love him dearly. I am constantly amazed at the decisions and accomplishments he makes in athletics and life itself. I feel honored and privileged to be able to watch God work through him. There is no doubt in my mind that Griffin will be used in mighty ways by our Lord and many will enter God’s kingdom due to how he lets the Lord work through him. You see, “in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize.” We can all learn from Griffin’s example in how to “run that we may obtain it.” I believe he will obtain all that God has planned for his life and can’t wait to see every step of the way.

    His journey continues next week at the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland Oregon. He will again run to win the race and we will all be praying, watching and cheering. The Lord is cheering too as he sees the big picture. This runner is in training for an amazing race and the Lord is charting the course. Thank you Griffin for being you. You’re an example for our kids and for many others as well.

  2. 31So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
    – Working for The Man.

    1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
    – Jesus is our perfect example, the more of Him that we allow to enter who we are… the more we will reflect Him.

  3. Two things stand out to me in today’s reading.

    26 So I do not run aimlessly…But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

    Paul, first, has had to train himself to be spiritually discipline which means it did not come naturally. Secondly, his actions, should he not be in control, can disqualify what he says even if his speech is for Christ. Interesting. Our actions have to back up what we are saying otherwise it is no good.

    Second, the act of Communion (the Lord’s Supper) is very important. We should not enter into it lightly. Question…how many of us have ever gone to the front of our church or had the bread plate & juice cup passed down our aisle at church and thought nothing of what was actually happening and what we were actually observing? I know I have and this passage speaks to the fact that I acted incorrectly.

    “anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.”

    Discerning the body means, to me, that we take a look at our life through God’s lens….in which I always come out in need of a Savior which completely changes my attitude toward communion. Communion drives me to repent and leads me to a place of pure gratitude for what was done on my behalf. This realization is the motivation for my desire to offer myself as a living and pleasing sacrifice to God…not because I first loved him, but because He first loved me.

    Does that make sense?

    Ok…so there is a third thing. Do everything for God’s glory. A steep challenge because I am tempted to focus on myself but a motivation. This motivates me to keep Jesus first (in the driver’s seat of my life).

  4. I agree with Glenn in terms of communion I think most often in the past I have taken the bread and juice, understanding that it represent the blood and body of christ but not taking the time to truely understand what that means.

    1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.
    Paul is trying to share that Christ is who everyone should look to as a perfect example of how we should go through life. As we grow in faith and continue to grow and allow Christ into our lives the more we will outwardly reflect him and be able to share his message with others

  5. As always, great read. Paul had to take a stand for what he believed.

    19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.

    He wants to serve the Lord because of all he did for him. He believes in worshipping and communion, which is looked down upon during this time. However, he has the power and feelings to stand up for the Lord and represent him. God wants us to represent him as christians.

    Communion at our church was done differently each time as far as the physical aspect goes. However, the meaning and purpose never changed. The purpose was to remember our Lord Jesus Christ who died for us and gave us a rebirth to life. He died for us. He wants us to believe in him for everything and anything we do. Hence the verses which is always recited before we take communion…

    24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.

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