Sunday School Material 7-6-14: Glorify God With Your Body

(I Corinthians 6:12-20; 7/6/14)

Introduction:A key idea in today’s Sunday School material is believers are called to glorify God, instead of simply seeking their own pleasure. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to glorify God more than we strive to satisfy ourselves.

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Body:

Read I Corinthians 6:12-16

I. Consecrated Bodies. Paul urges his readers to exam their views of Christian freedom. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for God’s glory. Believers are called to be one with the Lord, not prostitutes.

Applications -

- The aim of Christian freedom. Notice in vss. 12-13 of our Sunday School material that Christian freedom is not for simply human pleasure. It is more for God’s glory. We should be so careful about allowing the devil to take a little bit of truth and mixing it with his wickedness.

The devil is always trying to bring the people of God down. Whatever pleasure we get from doing the devil’s will, it is only the cheese in his mouse trap, and we are the mice. Let’s work on living for God’s glory, not simply our own pleasure.

- The resurrection of Jesus. Notice in vs. 14 that the Father raised the Son. First, we should be thankful for the resurrection of Jesus. This shows that His death paid for our sins and His promises are true.

Second, we should be thankful that our physical death is not the end of our existence. For a believer to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. We don’t have to fear death.

Let’s live like we believe that the Father raised Jesus from the dead and will take care of believers. Such living should be known for obedience, confidence, and joy.

- Teamwork. Notice in vss. 15-16 of our Sunday School material that what an individual does impacts the rest of the group. Similar to how a toothache or someone stepping on your baby toe causes pain throughout your body, when one member of the church is doing wrong, it impacts the body.

Think about over half of the church robbing God of His tithes and offerings, robbing God of enthusiastic worship, and robbing God of Christian service. Let’s work on doing our parts as members of the body of Christ for God’s sake, our own sakes, and the sake of our fellow church members.

Read I Corinthians 6:17-20

II. Consecrated Spirits. In our Sunday School material Paul talks about being one with the Lord including being one with Him in spirit. He urges his readers to flee sexual immorality. Believers are called to honor God with their bodies.

Applications -

- Sexual immorality. Notice in vs. 18 that sexual immorality has a terrible impact on the sinner. The Sunday School material talks about how we are to flee sexual immorality. There are sometimes when we are called to stand and be strong. But there are other times when we are called to flee. Sexual immorality is a fleeing situation.

Let’s work on guarding ourselves against sexual immorality. As helpful as praying, fasting, and other spiritual exercises may be, fleeing is a good option as well.

Especially a married man should avoid being alone with a woman he is attracted to. This is even more the case, if she finds him attractive as well. If it is a co-worker with whom you have to interact with, aim to have other people around.

- God’s glory. Notice in vss. 19-20 that believers belong to God and should live lives that bring glory to Him. First, we owe God our obedience, since He owns us. He purchased us with the blood of Jesus.

Second, we should bring glory to God, by living in obedience to His will, because His way is best for us. There are more blessings for us, if we obey God than if we don’t obey Him. Third, we should bring glory to God because our failure to do so will lead to both an unsatisfied life and an after life of wearing a cap, instead of crown.

Let’s work on living for the glory of God. God gets the glory when we obey His commandments to love Him and others, as we love ourselves.

Conclusion: Let’s work on glorifying God more than satisfying ourselves. God has much for those who obey His will.

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