2016/2/18 葉長老 風美小組信息/宜薰 摘錄整理
1 Corinthians 6
In Taiwan, we often invite foreign pastors to share with us how to run a glorious church. Many of them mentioned that for a church to thrive, it has to put much emphasis on trainings, because with good trainings comes discipline. Since we are all in God’s army, we need to be trained to know what we should do and when we should act; a well-trained soldier will do everything in orderly ways. In Leviticus, God listed the duties of every tribe in details. Therefore, as God’s people, we should all acquire proper training and prepare ourselves when we serve God.
Pastor and staffs in every church should seek the wisdom of God in using people. There are three kinds of men that we often have to deal with: 1) The wicked ones, like the ones who put Jesus into tests. They will try everything and every way to make you fall. 2) The foolish ones, the ones who have their own thoughts and never listen to your cautions and suggestions. Usually, they can’t get themselves out of troubles they make. 3) The wise ones, who know what God wants them to do. They will seize the words of God and focus only on God. We all want to have wise people around, but we need to understand that the wicked and the foolish ones are not unusable. We need to give them a chance. They may require a lot of teachings and trainings, but they can still be of great help to the church.
In the church of Corinth, there were all kinds of people. Paul reminded them that it is inappropriate to take any dispute among them to the ungodly for judgment; Paul suggested that they should seek wise people among them to solve the matter. We are all unrighteous in the eyes of God, but through Jesus Christ and the spirit of God, all of our sins were washed away. We are now pure, holy, and righteous! Hence, do not fight against each other. Our problems, usually, are that we are unwilling to get the short end of the stick, and unwilling to be fooled. Instead, we cheat and do wrong to our brothers and sisters.
There were 10 sins mentioned in the letters, but Paul wrote specifically on adultery because “all other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body” . We are brought by the blood of Jesus Christ, so now are bodies are the temple of God! This is way Paul cautioned the church of Corinth about adultery and asked the people to glorify God with their bodies.
Finally, Paul wrote “I have the right to do anything … but not everything is beneficial”. Paul reminded us that we should not be controlled or mastered by anything in this world, because everything will perish; only the invisible God is everlasting!
2016/2/18 Message by Elder Yeh