This Week’s study – “Present your Body” April 30th

True Discipleship Part II. The Disciple’s Character

4. Present Your Body
Week of April 28, 2013

Scripture: 1 Cor. 6:19 – 20
Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Goal of this Week’s Study:
The Participant will be able to submit his / her body to Christ’s lordship in order to glorify God.

The Text: Paul, writing to the church in Corinth, exhorts them to recognize that the disciple’s body is not their own, but the Lord’s.
I remember as a young man in our home group, our leader David Blackistone speaking about this text. He said:
We struggle with surrendering ourselves to God. We attempt to surrender our spirits to God and we tell Him “We surrender all”. I have discovered a simple way to present the members of my body: “lord, here are my eyes, I give them to you. I want them to see only the things you want them to see. Help me always look at the things You want me to look at and avoid the things that you don’t want me to look at.
Here are my hands. I present them to You. Work through these hands to do what You want to do, not only my desires but Yours O Lord. Here are my feet. Guide them to go where you want them to go. You are Lord, and you are Lord over me”.
That illustration assisted me with the difficulty of presenting my body as a living sacrifice through which he could work. I discovered that by offering a particular part of my body would greatly assist me in glorifying God in my life.

For example, the stomach is a means. He has provided for me to live, but not be a glutton, so He can help me control my eating habits. James 3:6 says:
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
The tongue is a fire – but if I present my tongue to God – I am more sensitive in speaking that which our Lord desires, and, the way He desires me to speak. Same with ears, eyes, etc.
This week we will look at the relationship between the physical body and our spiritual life.
Gen 2:7 states: then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

God intends for the body to perform three essential functions:
1. Identification as a unique person – the way you look
2. Participation in the world – the way you act
3. Communication with others – the way you relate to others

Give an example of how your body enables you to be involved in the world through these three functions:

1.

2.

3.

Read Genesis 1:27 – 28 – list the verbs that express 3 different things God intended for human beings to do in the world.

God expects all of us to be fruitful and multiply, to subdue the earth and to rule over living creatures. Your physical body makes you feel at home in the created order.

One way to gain discipline over your body is to strive to change your character according to God’s will by God’s grace. The Holy Spirit can help change your character when you are in Christ. Who are you working to put off the old person and put on the new?
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV)
1 – Write down a behavior I want to work on:

2 – An action I will take to put off the old self

3 – An action I will take to let the Holy Spirit make me more like Jesus

The question we must ask ourselves is that in every area of our lives will we surrender fully unto Jesus or unto ourselves. We will allow the “flesh” to master our bodies, or the Holy Spirit. This week is a practical one in that we can look into some very practical matters:
How we eat, how we exercise, in addition to our spiritual disciplines begun in part 1 the Disciple’s Cross. We know that Jesus wants a life fully devoted / invested / surrendered to Him i.e., a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1)

Committing to Christ’s Service

How will you use each part of your body as you present it to God for His glory?

Mind

Eyes

Ears

Tongue

Hands

Stomach

Sexual organs

Feet

With the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, you can change habits of the old life that are ultimately harmful and yield all of your life to Jesus, not just part of it! Remember that on this journey – we are saved by Grace, and we are sanctified (set apart) by grace!

Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24 ESV)

The World’s Way
• Eph 5:17 – 18
• Gal 5:19 – 21
• Col 3:5

The Spirit’s Way
• Eph 5:18
• Gal 5:16
• Col 3:1- 3

What God said to Me:

What I said to God:

Praise – Confess – Ask

Weekly News Roundup! – Friday April 19, 2013

On Fridays, I post some of the more interesting articles I’ve come across throughout the week to highlight what’s happening in the church, in the world of religion, sports, and in culture in general.

US – Boston:  Police were still focusing on a small section of Boston in their hunt for the second Boston Marathon bomber continued following a chaotic night of mayhem night that saw a police officer and one of the suspects killed.  Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/04/19/police-go-door-to-door-in-hunt-for-boston-bombing-suspect/#ixzz2QwI8Je00

Bishop Roger Ames: Pastoral Response to Boston Marathon Bombings: 

My Dear Sisters and Brothers,  Christ is Risen! Alleluia! He is Risen Indeed, Alleluia!

 We find ourselves in the midst of of our 50 day celebration of the great and glorious Easter season. The reality of resurrection permeates us all with hope and new life. In the midst of this joyous season, we were struck today with the tragic news of the bombings in Boston. It is hard to wrap our minds around such senseless violence against innocent people. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those who have died, the injured, and their families. I ask that each parish include the victims of these bombings in the Prayers of the People this Sunday during the celebrations of the Holy Eucharist.  Read more…  http://anglicandiocesegrlakes.org

 

Sports:  Boston hangs together as demonstrated at the Bruins game! – yet another reason why the Sherman family loves hockey!  Hockey fans are the best!

Pastor Saaed update:  (BP) Iranian officials have pressured imprisoned pastorSaeed Abedini to renounce his faith in Jesus even as they have stepped up their physical abuse and psychological torture of him, including taking him to a hospital but denying him medical treatment, according to recent reports.    http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2013/04/save-saeed-abedini-letter-from-iran-prison.html

Song of the Week:  

Preparing for a Day Off! Making Sunday Special 4/21/13

Read and reflect on this week’s (Sunday April 21, ’13)   sermon text. Galatians 5:16 – 26   – “How to Change”

But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.

Weekly News Roundup – Friday April 12, ’13

On Fridays, I post some of the more interesting articles I’ve come across throughout the week to highlight what’s happening in the church, in the world of religion, sports, and in culture in general.

World:  Kerry: ‘U.S. will defend its allies’  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in South Korea on Friday on an unusual diplomatic journey, traveling directly into a region bracing for a possible North Korean missile test and risking that his presence alone could spur Pyongyang into another headline-seeking provocation.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/04/12/kerry-south-korea-visit/2076597/

US – Ben Carson steps down as Johns Hopkins commencement speaker after controversial comments.  Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Ben Carson, who faced criticism for controversial comments about same-sex marriage, stepped down Wednesday as the commencement speaker for the university.  Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/04/11/ben-carson-steps-down-as-hopkins-commencement-speaker/#ixzz2QGDRxLRq

Faith:  Pastor Rick Warren (Saddleback Church): Family Tragedy – Son Christopher dies (27 years old)

http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/04/11/rick-warren-son-bought-unregistered-gun/

Sports:  14 year old Guan shoots +1 in First round of Master’s Invitational! 

Gene Wojciechowski profiles 14-year-old Chinese golfer Tianlang Guan as he gets ready to play in the Masters.    http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9152487

Song of the Week: