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The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our April 28, 2019 message, Valuing Singleness.
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SUMMARY OF THE SERMON
Pastor Doug’s message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Doug preached from 1 Corinthians 7:25-40 from his message, we see:
Remember the A-B-A format in 1 Corinthians 7
A – Paul’s advice to the married and formerly married: Preferably remain as you are (1 Corinthians 7:1-16).
B – Paul’s guiding principle: Remain in the state in which God called you (1 Corinthians 7:17-24)
A – Paul’s advice to the virgins and widows: Preferably remain as you are (1 Corinthians 7:25-40).
Exposition (1 Corinthians 7:25-40)
Paul’s wise preference: Paul recommends remaining single without mandating it (7:25-35).
Singleness can allow for less stress in a world of increasing hostility toward Christianity (7:25-28).
Singleness reminds us that the eternal eclipses the temporal (7:29-30).
Singleness allows for undistracted devotion to Gospel ministry (7:32-35)
Paul’s wise allowance: Paul permits getting married without demeaning it (7:36-40).
While marrying a Christian virgin is wise for a Christian man who struggles with sexual temptation, it is even better to remain single for a Christian man who is divinely enabled with self-control (7:36-38).
While marrying a Christian man is permissible for a Christian widow, it is even better if she remains single (7:39-40)
While Paul wisely recommends Christian marriage to facilitate sexual propriety, he elevates Christian singleness to facilitate focused opportunity
BRINGING IT HOME: (REFLECT, REQUEST, RESPOND)
REFLECT: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION
Re-read 1 Corinthians 7:1-24. Remind yourself of the major themes in this section?
The priority for both those who are married and single is to be God-centered and others oriented. How can we show singles that their lives matter to us?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:25. What did Paul mean when he says, “I have no command from the Lord”? Does that mean we should not trust his counsel? See 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:21.
Read 1 Corinthians 7:27. What is Paul counseling the Corinthian believers?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:28. Why does Paul counsel them not to marry?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:29-31. How would an eternal perspective influence a person regarding singleness and marriage?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:32-34. Paul states he wants them to be free of anxieties. How are the concerns of the single different from the concerns of the married?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:35. What is the reasoning for Paul’s counsel in verse 32-34?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:37-38. What is Paul’s point?
Read 1 Corinthians 7:39. How long is marriage to be according to this passage?
When is re-marriage acceptable? See 1 Corinthians 7:39.
Read 1 Corinthians 7:40. Paul ends his discussion of singleness and marriage. What does he say?
REQUEST: PRAYER AND PRAISE
Ask God to help you to be more Cross-centered in your life
Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that are hindering your glorifying of God.
Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you live in the forgiveness and freedom of cross of Christ.
RESPOND: APPLYING WHAT YOU HAVE LEARNED
How can you love God more through what you have learned? (read, study, meditate, memorize, share)
How can you love others more through what you have learned?
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