Our passage tonight is a difficult one, but by understanding what it meant to Paul’s original readers, we can try to make some application for the church today. It’s important that in the church men and women conduct ourselves according to the role that God has given us, and that we each adorn ourselves in modest apparel.
Often, when people say, “God wants me to be happy,” it’s an attempt of justifying their sin. This happens so often, that some Christians, when asked if God wants happiness for his people, will answer, “No.” However, if we understand what it means to really be happy, and where true happiness is found, it should become quite clear that God does in fact want his children to be happy in Him.
In this lesson, we try to lay some ground work that will hopefully help us to grasp lessons for the church today from a difficult passage such as 1 Corinthians 11:2-16, which we plan to examine next week.
Enoch was commended as having pleased God because of his faith. In fact, the Hebrew writer says that without faith it is impossible to please God. So, it would be good for us to consider what is involved in a God pleasing faith.
Botham Jean was shot and killed in his apartment in September of 2018. In October of 2019, his killer, Amber Guyger, was convicted of murder and sentenced to serve 10 years in prison. At the end of the trial, Jean’s younger brother spoke to Guyger, fogiving her and expressing multiple times that he loved her, despite what had happened. He concluding by asking the judge if he could give Guyger a hug, which he was permitted to do. The two embraced for a long time as her sobs were heard throughout the courtroom. This young man’s Christ-like example is one that all Christians need to take notice of as we seek to have the mind of Christ in ourselves.
When Paul was asked a question about idolatry, he first dealt with it in terms of influence before others (1 Cor. 8-9), but in Chapter 10, he moves to deal specifically with the question of idolatry itself, and why Christians should not be involved in it in any way. While pagan idolatry may not be something we deal with as commonly in the church today, there are some principles we can apply that will help us to “do all to the glory of God.”
As we prepare for our door knocking campaign, we consider together some thoughts about why we preach the gospel. To guide our study, we look at what Paul wrote to Timothy in 2 Tim. 3:10-4:8