An Inseparable Link
1 Corinthians 8
Take care that your actions do not wound another Christian.
There is an inseparable link between Christ and the church. In Acts 9:4, Jesus appears to Saul on the road to Damascus and asks, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?" Yet Saul had not persecuted Jesus; he had never even seen Jesus. However, because he was persecuting the church, Jesus rebuked Saul for persecuting Him. Again, in 1 Corinthians 8, Paul teaches that if we sin against our brothers in Christ—wounding their consciences when they are weak—we sin against Christ. We must be cautious with our words and actions.
Praise Christ, the Head of the church:
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ... that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:14, 17-19).
Pause for praise and thanksgiving.
Pray this confession to the Lord as you seek to keep your life free from sin:
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and
the glory forever. Amen (Matthew 6:11-13).
Confess any sins that the Holy Spirit brings to your mind.
Now pray this affirmation to the Lord:
Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my meditation.
Give heed to the voice of my cry,
My King and my God,
For to You I will pray.
My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord;
In the morning I will direct it to You,
And I will look up (Psalm 5:1-3).
As you make your requests known to the Lord, include:
- Endurance for those who work with the homeless
- Whatever else is on your heart
Close this time of worship with the following prayer:
To Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen (Ephesians 3:20-21).