7:1-40 is Paul responding to questions about marriage.
Today, the matter is still crucial.
What is right? What is pleasing to the Lord?
What is God’s plan? What does God bless?
I am afraid there is not much of a difference from the church and our society when it comes to this matter.
His words then to Corinth need to be heard and embraced today!
Key verse Matthew 19:1-12
Singleness – vv. 6-9
I wish that all were as I myself am. (Paul was currently single)
It is s gift (we receive and accept)
Allows one to focus more intently on the Lord and His Kingdom
Fewer distractions…. More intentional focus
We should not remain single and live like we are married
We should not remain single out of selfishness or lack of commitment.
Not viewing singleness as a gift… but just convenience and freedom
Divorce – vv. 10-16
Before God and others
Death do us part
How to prepare for marriage is key
As parents… how do we raise our children?
Dating is normal. In and out of relationships.
As individuals… who are we dating?
Should we date anyone we would not marry?
Do they LOVE AND LIVE FOR THE LORD?
No one is perfect, but are they bearing fruit worthy of repentance.
Keys to growing in our marriages
None of us are there yet. (no perfect marriages)
Work hard (IT IS A MIND SET)
Deny self and love Jesus (IT IS A HEART ISSUE)
Allow your church to walk with you
Reprove, Rebuke, Exhort 2 Timothy 4:2
Remember the purpose of the church
Reach out…BUILD UP
VERY IMPORTANT AS A CHURCH FOR US TO HAVE THIS MINDSET.
FAMILIES… Encouraging and Equipping families.
Refocus every season
Newlyweds, Kids, Older kids, No kids
Have a short memory
Forgive, Forgive, Forgive
Move on. Look forward.
Grow where you are now (single or married)