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July 2018 Gleanings

July 14, 2018       1 CORINTHIANS 7th CHAPTER

(We utilize the four components of basic inductive Bible study: Observation, Interpretation, Correlation and Application).
We studied inductively 1st Corinthians 7th chapter (40 verses) as we proceed with the study of the First Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. This chapter deals with the principles of marriage. Paul was yet answering some of the questions and problems confronting the local church. Paul gives his opinions and the Lord’s commands throughout the passage. He gives the advantages of being single and disadvantages of being married. Definitively, Paul expresses his opinion that a married person will try to satisfy the spouse first, whereas a single person will generally be focused on giving the Lord first preference.

The class in application discussed the changes in the family design and how believers are not getting married now but opt to cohabitate; and how some churches in the past did not hire divorced clergy. We discussed how individually and collectively we can promote the principles of marriage in out individual families and in our churches. The perpetuity of marriage should be recognized and counseling before marriage should be encouraged. We also discussed the importance of marital counseling to reduce the divorce rates among Christian couples.

APPLICATION:

Do you agree we live in a changing society, that in the past deemed the importance of marriage, and consider it less important now?

As a Christian, would you find life more satisfying living the single life or married out of God’s will?

How does this passage apply to our life personally and to the design of the family and our place in that design?

What are your responses?

PRAYER:
Merciful God, in the name of Jesus, help us to promote the family design and help us to understand whether married or unmarried our focus should be on conducting ourselves to make the best use of our time as we face your imminent return. Amen.

 

 

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