ARE YOU SMELLING TOO GOOD? We have some folks in attendance at our services who have an allergic reaction to perfume. Adam and Eve survived without Chanel N°5, and we love you for what you are, not how you smell (or look). We are asking all of our members to reduce or eliminate the perfumes and/or fragrances so some of us can stop sneezing and having headaches! Thanks!
POTLUCK TODAY! Please stay whether you brought a dish or not. We always have leftover food. After the potluck at 2:15 P.M. join us at Timbers of Cass County nursing home for a visit and worship with the staff and residents. We need as many as possible to visit with the residents and help with the singing. The worship starts at 2:30 and ends at 3:00.
FUN FAIR: We had our first meeting this past Wednesday to prepare for Family Fun Fair. Our next meeting is May 15 at 6:00 P.M. We need everyone involved in this project. Join us on the 15th and plan to be a part of this outreach to Dowagiac. So far we have 15 activities planned and that does not include food, tents, etc. Right now we need to know who has a tent to use that one day. By a tent we mean a 10 feet by 10 feet (+ or -) sized tent so people can stand or sit in to get out of the sun. Let the Gibsons know if you have a tent.
INTRODUCTION — Next Sunday is Mother's Day.
A. Historically important — began with GreeksI. EUNICE AND LOIS — Role models for teknogonia.
1. 16th century England — “Mothering Sunday”B. Being a Christian mother is tough; getting pregnant is not being a mother.
2. May 10, 1908 in America — Anna Jarvis
3. 1914, Woodrow Wilson — national holiday
C. Titus 2:4 — Love is philandros, a special love.
1. Loving a husband is hard; familiarity breeds contempt.D. 1 Timothy 2:15 — teknogonia — not “childbearing”
2. Loving a baby is easy; loving a child is harder.
A better translation is “Saved in the duties of motherhood.”
A. Eunice did not have the “ideal Christian marriage.”II. CHRISTIAN WOMAN WHO IS NOT TEKNOGONIA.
1. Husband was a Greek — an unbeliever — Acts 16:1.B. Eunice built faith into Timothy — 2 Timothy 1:5. How?
2. 1 Corinthians 7:13-17 — Eunice and Lois were Jewish.
C. Example — Be one. Lois and Eunice were for Timothy.
D. 2 Timothy 3:14-17 — Not from the preacher, from Lois
E. A field ripe unto harvest in today's world
1. 1.2 billion mothers in the world — 60% are single.
2. 4.3 babies are born every second.
3. Over 50% of all mothers need help.
4. What can we do?
A. Acts 2:17-18 and Joel 2:28-32 — History of women
1. Luke 8:1-4B. 1 Corinthians 7:34-38 — Our ladies have it started.
2. Acts 16:14-15, 40 — Lydia
3. Acts 21:8-9 — Philip's four daughters
1. Coats, food bank, Family Fun Fair, etc.C. What is your role in life? Is it linked to God?
2. Saturday class, Secret Sisters, fun night, etc.
THE BACK PAGE
WHO DO YOU BELONG TO?
The church in Corinth had a problem. They were badly divided and the problem revolved around preachers. In 1 Corinthians 1:12-15 Paul writes “One of you says, ‘I follow Paul’; another, ‘I follow Apollos’; still another, ‘I follow Cephas.’ … Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul? I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you …, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name.”
It was a common practice in those days for a teacher or politician to use baptism as a token of ownership. To be baptized into Paul's name would have meant that the person belonged to Paul and their name would even be changed. Apparently there were those in Corinth who did not understand the purpose of being baptized into Christ and used their favorite public speaker as the person they claimed to belong to.
Things have not changed much. We have family members who are so enamored with Donald Trump that they are willing to put all other relationships on hold while they back him. We have other family members enamored with the Democratic party to the extent that virtually all of their time, money, and energy are devoted to whatever that political party is doing.
In chapter 3 Paul continues his discussion. He points out they are not growing because of their clinging to human values and methods (1 Corinthians 3:1-4). In verses 5-11 Paul goes on and explains God's plan to use each of us. Like Paul, we try to lay a foundation by all the things we do. Some of us build on the foundations we lay in our worship services and classes. Some of us are excellent encouragers and are really good at meeting the needs of people we know, family members and visitors. Chapter 3 ends by Paul saying that all the things that we do belong to all of us because we all belong to Christ.
We can all be a part of good services be it political, educational, or medical; but all we do should be consistent with our relationship to who owns us. Who you belong to dictates what and how you live your life. Live for Jesus.
— John Clayton
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