Meditation

02/18/2022

It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans. A man has his father’s wife. And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? Even though I am not physically present, I am with you in spirit. And I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present. When you are assembled in the name of our Lord Jesus and I am with you in spirit and the power of our Lord Jesus is present, hand this man over to Satan so that the sinful nature may be destroyed and his spirit saved on the day of the Lord.” (1st Corinthians 5:1-5)

The church must protect its power to proclaim the gospel of Christ. The church must accept those outside the fellowship with compassion but never accept the practices of the world. Decisions affect the fellowship of the church should be made by the assembled church under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The church’s silence encourages sexual immorality. A church member was having sexual relations with his stepmother. Whether his father was still living or whether the member was married to her is not known. Interpreters assume the woman was not a Christian since Paul passed no judgment on her. Hebrew and Roman law prohibited such incest. For the Christian fellowship not to take action was unthinkable because of the influence such behavior would have on others. Separation from the fellowship was intended to lead to repentance and reconciliation. Apparently the church took action, and the incestuous member repented of his transgression. Paul encouraged forgiveness and reaffirmation of love for the sinner. The church must actively oppose sexual immorality which threaten the church and family life. The church must work to restore the repentant sinner.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, today we lift up the discipline that our God established long, long ago, that serves the body of the church well and keeps the church viligent against sexual immorality, and helps to keep us all in God’s good graces. Let us all praise and give Him glory for creating this world and ensuring it’s survival from sin. Prepare us, Abba, for this day. This we ask in Jesus’ name, our Lord and Savior. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Where He guides—He provides!”

KNOWING GOD:

If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special not of him. Do not associate with him, in order that he may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother.” (2nd Thessalonians 3:14-15)

The church lives and ministers in a hostile world. To carry out the commission of Christ, the church must remain in the world showing the power of Christ by living by His standards. When church members reflect the practices of those who refuse to repent, we lose the power to proclaim the gospel. The local church must maintain moral discipline within its member ship at all time and in all situations. Those not of the church will watch closely to see how you react to things and then will be more than happy to point out how unChristian you are!

I AM:


“Those who sin are to be rebuked publicly, so that the others may take warning. ” (1st Timothy 5:20)

The church is not a society of the perfect; in fact, I like to refer to the church as an “emergency room of sinners!” Each church has the responsibility to develop ways to rebuke, warn, and exhort members to continue to sin. In this manner, the church family encourages each other in Christian faithfulness and maturity. None of us is perfect, but through God’s grace, we can be forgiven of our sins and find restoration to the membership of Christians, if we will simply seek God’s forgiveness with truly penitent hearts and desire to not sin again. God’s love is powerful and offered to us in abundance, but we must seek it honestly and in a meaningful manner.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” (Matthew 16:3-9)

“Binding” and “loosing” refer to the work of the church. If forgiveness is preached and extended, forgiveness is possible. If the church shirks its responsibility, forgiveness is less likely, if not altogether impossible, for the vast multitudes of the people of the world. Forgiveness shall be known by other people in direct relation to the proclamation of the way to know forgiveness by the church. As God’s visible kingdom, the church uses it authority to represent His purity and holiness on earth. The church has responsibility to make known God’s offer of forgiveness, both in its proclamation to the world and it practice before the world.

The church exists because of the intention of God to create for Himself a people who would obey Him. Jesus began the church as He ministered among people and called them to repentance. Three general views are held by Christians regarding Christ’s intentions for the church: 1) Many Christians believe that the authority of the church resides in Simon Peter. Jesus built the church on Simon Peter, and ultimate authority continues in the successors to the apostle. This interpretation depends on the words “Peter” and “rock” being interpreted as one and the same. The two Greek word are different but booth words mean “rock;” 2) Many other Christians believe that the church is built on people with like faith as Simon Peter. When asked the question concerning the true identity of Jesus, Simon answered: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Simon Peter is a “pebble,” who along with many other believers are build on the “foundation stone” of faith. This kind of faith is acquired only by revelation of God; 3) A third view says the “foundation stone” is Jesus, who possibly gestured toward Himself when He said: “On this rock I will build my church.” Me, well I believe all to be possible and also true. The important aspect is that each one of us is the church. It takes all of us to be the church and to represent God not only in worship but also in our works in the communities that we live in.

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