Good morning! Today is Friday, October 19th, 2018. In our reading today Paul addresses those who are married. Today we have almost become numb to married couples divorcing and separation. Those who are married must strive in every way to seek reconciliation. Christians must strive to seek reconciliation. This is why marriage is not something to be enter into lightly. Paul is not speaking to abusive relationships, but to those who have come to saving grace while their spouse has not. This can be hard as their two world views clash. Paul wishes encourage the believers and ultimately just as Christ loved the church and did not forsake us we should not so quickly abandon our spouse, but pray for them that they may come to know His grace.
The following guide is a resource for you to use in your personal time of solitude with the Lord as well as when you connect with the Community that you facilitate. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table.
CATCH-UP- What was your high and low from last week/yesterday?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (In large group)
[1 Corinthians 7:10-16]
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 you to 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?
+ WHAT are some of the main ideas that emerge from these verses?
(Use these questions to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
_ In vs.10-11 What should husbands and wives do?
_ In vs.12 What should a man with and unbelieving wife do?
_ In vs. 13 What should a woman with an unbelieving husband do?
_ In vs. 14 What are the unbelieving spouses made by their husbands/wives
_ In vs. 15 what does Paul say to do if the unbelieving spouse leaves?
_ In vs. 16 What do they not know?
PROCESS (In Breakouts of 2-3’s, guys/girls)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)