Today is Monday, October 22nd, 2018. Living in peace sounds like a dream, yet one we long for each moment. Yet, peace escapes us in relationships, work environments, and on the world stage. This contentedness is available today. God has made a way through His Son, Jesus to rest in our position. - Kim
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)
17 Only let each person lead the life[b] 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 bondservant 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 bondservant is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a bondservant of Christ. 23 You were bought with a price; do not become bondservants of men. 24 So, brothers,[d] in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.
+ 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)
_ Summarize vs 14-16 in your own words. (v 14-16)
_ What might Paul mean when he uses the word “unbelieving” in vs 14?
_ How can we know about another’s salvation? What does that mean for God’s direction in 14-16?
_ What examples does Paul list as far as contentedness in Christ? List them from verses 17-21.
_ Over and over this verse says one’s position before men isn’t important. What was important in each of the examples above? See verse 19 and 22
_ How is verse 23 the capstone of this particular section of 1 Corinthians 7?
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)