Sermon Series: 1 Corinthians

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13

Sermon Title: Stumbling Blocks

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Daily Devotional Guide

He's the head coach. He calls the shots. He can do as he pleases. And he is quick to take advantage of those privileges. 

The coach prides himself on a strong running game. He has had great success having his quarterback hand the ball off to his running back almost every play. It's gotten him to where he is today. Why stop now? 

But there's one problem. 

The all-world running back is hurt. And to make matters worse, the backups aren't ready to carry the load of the team's injured star. The quarterback is more than capable of throwing the ball to the team's talented receivers. But that's not what got the coach so many wins. He wins by running the ball. And so run the ball he did. 

And his team was soundly defeated. 

The coach had the freedom to design the game plan and call whatever plays he wanted whenever he wanted. But he forgot that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do something. He completely ignored a weakness of the team and it was costly. 

In this week's passage, we are reminded of the freedom that is ours in Christ. But Paul gives us a helpful word of warning. "Take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block." In other words, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do it. 

The kingdom we belong to should always take precedence over the freedoms we enjoy. "Can I do this?" is a good question to ask. "Is this good for God's kingdom?" is an even better question. Just because we can do something doesn't mean that we should. 

Monday - 1 Samuel 4

Tuesday - 1 Samuel 5

Wednesday - 1 Samuel 6

Thursday - 1 John 4:1-21

Friday - 1 John 5:1-21

Saturday - 1 Corinthians 9

Sunday - 1 Corinthians 10


Sermon Series: 1 Corinthians

Sermon Title: Four Quotes for True Contentment

Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 7:17-40

Daily Devotional Guide

In this week's passage, Paul continues to address marriage. But as he does, he gives us insight into a key aspect of the Christian life, namely contentment. Contentment definitely isn't the norm today. You could argue that since Adam's sin, it never has been. To some degree or another, all individuals and the societies in which they relate to one another operate with a sin-fueled thirst for something more. Today, entire industries are built on our inability to find happiness and our dissatisfaction with what previous generations would have considered an extreme abundance. 

Although today's passage is still about marriage, we also find in it the secret to true contentment. Ultimate satisfaction is not found in more things or a new status. Marriage, as good as it is, won't ultimately fulfill us. Christ alone offers the satisfaction our hearts desire. True contentment can only be found in him. 

Monday - 1 Timothy 1:1-11

Tuesday - 1 Timothy 4:1-5

Wednesday - 1 Timothy 4:6-16

Thursday - 1 Timothy 5:1-25

Friday - 1 Timothy 6:1-10

Saturday - 1 Timothy 6:11-21

Sunday - Philippians 4:1-23