A Worship Guide for July 5
We hope that you will find this guide helpful as you worship at home if you are not able to join with us.
Call to Worship
Psalm 100, A Psalm for giving thanks.
 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
 Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
 Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
 Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
 For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
Lord, we come into your presence to give thanks for you are good and your steadfast love endures forever! We thank you for Jesus, who was punished that we might be forgiven and whose blood cleanses us from all sin. We can approach you now in prayer and worship only through him. Amen.
Father, you are great. As David wrote you are greatly to be praised, he says your greatness is unsearchable, your majesty glorious, your works wondrous, and your deeds awesome. We fail to grasp the scope of who you and what you are, but our limitations to understand you don’t make you any less sovereign.
Lord, one example of your greatness is that you have rescued us. We are rebels, intent on giving ourselves glory, and lord we deserve your wrath, separation from you. We remind ourselves that we deserve this holy wrath every day when we return to our sins. But in your mercy, you poured that wrath out on Jesus. And while Jesus took our sin, satisfied your wrath, received our pain and humiliation, we received his righteous perfection. So, there is no other appropriate response this morning than to sing and pray and read and preach your greatness.
Lord, we pray this morning for the women you have blessed this church with. We are thankful for them. Give grace to our singles that they might continue to bless the body with their gifts, may we serve them well in response. Father, may those who are wives and mothers in the church be encouraged, supported, prayed for, built up that they might continue to show the love of Christ to their husbands and children.
We pray as well for Fellowship Raleigh Church and Pastor Matt School field. The uniqueness of current events has created challenges for all churches, please give Pastor Matt and the elders at Fellowship Raleigh wisdom, patience, faith, as they seek to lead well during this time.
We pray for the Jumjum people group in Eastern Sudan. Father, they are a relatively small people group living in villages, many of them engaged in worship to cultic deities and witchcraft. But like us lord, these are souls in need of grace. Lord in your mercy we ask that raise up a church among these people and draw many of them to yourself.
We also pray for the Grimms. We were encouraged to hear the update from them on Tuesday, thankful for what you are accomplishing in their lives. Father, we ask that in the proper timing they would be able to return to their field, continue making progress in their business and language pursuits, and remain bold in evangelism. May we not fail to lift them up continually in prayer, and may their example compel us toward boldness in evangelism and ministry here at home.
Father, we pray for Tom. May he continue to proclaim with boldness the truth that you have graciously chosen to reveal to us. And open our eyes to your Word Lord, let us behold wonderful things in Scripture. May we be faithful and urgent in our application of this message. In your name we pray, Amen.
Read the Bible
1 Corinthians 7:25–35,  Now concerning the betrothed, I have no command from the Lord, but I give my judgment as one who by the Lord's mercy is trustworthy.  I think that in view of the present distress it is good for a person to remain as he is.  Are you bound to a wife? Do not seek to be free. Are you free from a wife? Do not seek a wife.  But if you do marry, you have not sinned, and if a betrothed woman marries, she has not sinned. Yet those who marry will have worldly troubles, and I would spare you that.  This is what I mean, brothers: the appointed time has grown very short. From now on, let those who have wives live as though they had none,  and those who mourn as though they were not mourning, and those who rejoice as though they were not rejoicing, and those who buy as though they had no goods,  and those who deal with the world as though they had no dealings with it. For the present form of this world is passing away.
 I want you to be free from anxieties. The unmarried man is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to please the Lord.  But the married man is anxious about worldly things, how to please his wife,  and his interests are divided. And the unmarried or betrothed woman is anxious about the things of the Lord, how to be holy in body and spirit. But the married woman is anxious about worldly things, how to please her husband.  I say this for your own benefit, not to lay any restraint upon you, but to promote good order and to secure your undivided devotion to the Lord.
View the Sermon
The audio to the sermon is available HERE.
Summary: In chapter 7 of 1 Corinthians the apostle Paul answers questions from the Corinthian church about life as a Christian. Last week we looked at the joy of married life. This week we will look at single or unmarried life. The Corinthians were asking, "If I'm single, should I get married? Is it better not to get married?" Paul in this chapter reminds us that we can enjoy the glory of God in whatever station we are called for as long as we are in that station. He is not raising up intimacy above celibacy or arguing that celibacy is better than intimacy. The greater issue for single, married or widow, is to not focus on changing the external circumstances of life but live devoted to the Lord in and through these relationships. Joy is found where you are now. Last week, Paul highlighted the joys of marital intimacy. Here, he describes the benefits of biblical singleness.
Review and Apply
Is singleness a gift or not? Explain.
How is singleness better than marriage?
How can singles help foster a relational culture at church?
How can married people incorporate singles into their families?
What struggles do singles face and how can they be strengthened in them?
What hindrances prevent you from growing in undivided devotion to God?