Exercise Christian Liberty with Love

Exercise Christian Liberty with Love

The Sermon: 1 Corinthians 8: 1-13

1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God. 4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 7 But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.   

Exercise Christian Liberty with Love

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1 Corinthians 8: 1-13 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 7 But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled.

Fourth Sunday After Epiphany

Saturday, January  31 (6:30 p.m.) & Sunday, February 1, 2015 (9:00 a.m.)

Song by Choir – “Gracious Lord of All Our Being”
(J.S. Bach/Rothery) © Novelle & Co.
(Director: Cathy Augustin ; Accompanist: Susi Rehm)

Hymn LSB 839 : O Christ, Our True and Only Light Hymnary.org link

The Liturgy (Hymnal, Pages 213-214 – Right Column)

The Scripture Reading – 1 Corinthians 9: 16-23

The Apostle expressed his inner spiritual compulsion to preach the Gospel whenever and wherever he could as well as his adaptability to the lives and circumstances of his audience reflect his being “all things to all men” – all so that he might do everything possible to save and help lost and troubled souls.

The Nicene Creed (Inside Back Cover Of Hymnal)

Hymn LSB 844 : Lord of All Nations, Grant Me Grace Hymnary.org link

The Sermon ……………………………………………… 1 Corinthians 8: 1-13

1 Now about food sacrificed to idols: We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. 2 The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But the man who loves God is known by God. 4 So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one. 5 For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as indeed there are many “gods” and many “lords”), 6 yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live. 7 But not everyone knows this. Some people are still so accustomed to idols that when they eat such food they think of it as having been sacrificed to an idol, and since their conscience is weak, it is defiled. 8 But food does not bring us near to God; we are no worse if we do not eat, and no better if we do. 9 Be careful, however, that the exercise of your freedom does not become a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if anyone with a weak conscience sees you who have this knowledge eating in an idol’s temple, won’t he be emboldened to eat what has been sacrificed to idols? 11 So this weak brother, for whom Christ died, is destroyed by your knowledge. 12 When you sin against your brothers in this way and wound their weak conscience, you sin against Christ. 13 Therefore, if what I eat causes my brother to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause him to fall.   

Exercise Christian Liberty with Love

  1. Clearly Distinguishing Between God’s Word & “Adiaphora”

(“Adiaphora- Things Neither Commanded Nor Forbidden In Scripture)

  1. Lovingly Acting In Each Other’s Best Spiritual Interests

Our Epiphany Offering

The Communion Preparation (P 216 Middle – 217 Middle)

The Distribution Of The Sacrament ( LSB 622 : Lord Jesus Christ, You Have Prepared Hymnary.org link )

(Because God’s Word presents the reception of this Sacrament as a most intimate expression of spiritual and confessional unity, we ask that only those who have publicly professed such oneness of faith and belief with us by membership at Berea or another CLC church come forward. Please speak with pastor if you are seeking a church home or have any questions.)

The Closing Prayer And Benediction (P 218 Middle)

Hymn LSB 851 (V 2 & 4): Lord of Glory, You Have Bought Us Hymnary.org link

Silent Prayer And Announcements