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A Worship Guide for June 28

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 96:1–10

[1] Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
[2] Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
[3] Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
[4] For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
[5] For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
[6] Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

[7] Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
[8] Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
[9] Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!

[10] Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.” 

Pray

Lord, we have so many reasons to worship you. You made the heavens, you are full of splendor, majesty, strength and beauty. You reign over all things with justice and equity. And in your great love, you have brought us salvation, by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross so that we might be forgiven. For all these reasons, we ascribe to you the glory that is due to your name. We love you. Amen.

Sing

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For all things come from you, and of your own have we given you. (1 Chronicles 29:10-18)

Pray

God, we come to you humbly.  You are a God of perfection and beauty, and you have need of nothing, but we are broken and corrupted by sin, and we need you.

God, to know you, walk with you, and enjoy you is what we were created for.  It’s what Adam and Eve first enjoyed in the garden – their closeness to you and enjoyment of you were sweet.  But they gave it up, seeking something that you didn’t intend to satisfy them.  And we do the same – we seek our satisfaction in the wrong things, just as they did.  They bore the consequence of that sin by losing the nearness and satisfaction they had with you, and we have borne that same consequence.  But, although we continue to fail in honoring you, through Christ you provided a way for us to be restored to your presence.  In Christ, you have absolved us of the punishment for our sin and betrayal, and you have given us your Spirit so that we can walk with you and enjoy you in this life.  To abide in Christ now is our great privilege, and to enjoy you fully and forever in the new creation will be our greatest satisfaction.

God, today we’ll be looking at an area where it’s so easy to seek our own satisfaction in ways that don’t honor you.  You’ve provided intimacy in marriage for unity and enjoyment and for a husband and wife to bless each other and honor you, but we often seek poor substitutes for that enjoyment, looking outside of marriage, or selfishly seeking our own desires within marriage.  We confess that we dishonor you and destroy the good things you have given us to enjoy and care for, and we ask for forgiveness for desires and sins that pursue what is outside of the marriage union and for selfish behaviors within marriage.  Jesus, thank you for forgiveness for our sins and for restoration of our souls and healing of our relationships.  May we forgive each other as you have forgiven us and seek wholeness where there is brokenness.  Would you strengthen our marriages for your glory and our enjoyment in oneness, and would you delight us all, married and single, in you.

Lord, we also pray for Lifepointe Church.  Would you guide their pastor Donnie Williams and the rest of their pastoral team to lead with wisdom and care.  As they continue with online services, would you bless them with spiritual growth individually and as a body.  May the connections made in their small groups be a source of encouragement and fellowship, and would you preserve the physical health of their people.

We also pray for the Majhi people in India.  This small ethnic group follows Buddhism.  Would you send the gospel among them and bring fruit from it?  We also pray for the International Mission Board.  Would you guide that organization at all levels, from the senior leadership to the missionaries on the ground around the world?  Provide your Spirit to guide them with wisdom, provide resources, and bring people to know you through the gospel going out.  We pray specifically for the family we support who serve under the IMB.  May you provide for them in every way and make their work fruitful.

God, we remind ourselves that each person is created by you, in your image, and loved by you.  You call us to see their value, love them as you do, and act in love.  We see continuing race-based division in our country and a lot of pain and destruction coming from it.  We pray for an end to the divisions and brokenness, and for clarity where there is confusion. We pray for wisdom for our government officials, knowing that you have set up governments for good but also recognizing that the solution will not be from government officials or political groups, but from your Spirit.  We pray for our own hearts to be refined and for discernment as we walk in the midst of these complex issues.  We pray that you would bring us and our country to a place that reflects your character more, not less. 

As we come to your word, would you guide Tom in his teaching and us in our hearing.  May your Spirit bring your word to bear on us, bringing both conviction and healing.  May it bear the fruit of humility before you, greater delight in you, and greater holiness, and may it advance your work of restoration in hearts and relationships.  We pray for all of these things in the name of Christ, our Redeemer, Amen.

Read Scripture

1 Corinthians 7:1–5, [1] Now concerning the matters about which you wrote: “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” [2] But because of the temptation to sexual immorality, each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. [3] The husband should give to his wife her conjugal rights, and likewise the wife to her husband. [4] For the wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. Likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. [5] Do not deprive one another, except perhaps by agreement for a limited time, that you may devote yourselves to prayer; but then come together again, so that Satan may not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (ESV)

The Sermon

The audio of the sermon is available HERE.

Summary: One of the greatest blessings of God in marriage in the gift intimacy between a husband and wife. God has created marriage to be a place of commitment, safety and joy. The need to speak on marital sexuality is significant given the moral chaos of our culture. Sadly intimacy is an area not only of confusion but conflict. While there is no small amount of material on the how of intimacy, we need wisdom of the why of intimacy. Thankfully, God speaks to the topic. We are wise to see and understand his design and purpose for marital intimacy. Please give yourself to read the passage and prayerfully ask God for wisdom and grace.

Review and Apply

What are some reasons for this gift of intimacy in marriage?

How does joy filled, pure marriage display the gospel to the watching world?  

How does a balanced Christian sexual ethic avoid errors in liberty and legalism?

In what areas does your marriage need to change in line with Paul's instruction?

How does commitment in marriage in the midst of struggle reveal God's commitment to his promises to his church?

How can members of his church encourage one another toward greater sexual fidelity?