Cross Words: Remain (1 Corinthians 7:17-24)
Topic: Sermons Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:17–7:24
Somehow I said yes to a bunch of speaking engagements that all hit this week or last week. I was privileged to speak at Providence Academy’s chapel last week about Martin Luther and the Reformation. This week (Wed) I’m speaking at Patrick Henry’s chapel on the end of 2 Thessalonians chapter 2 where the Ordo Saludis is reference in just a few verses. Then this Saturday I’m speaking to the C.S. Lewis Institute’s Fellows group about knowing the depth of our sin. But as fun as those events are, nothing beats preaching to my home church, where I am known and loved, and where I know all of you and can see the long-term fruit of God’s work in your lives.
I look forward to preaching from the middle of 1 Corinthians chapter 7 this Sunday. On the surface it doesn’t look like it has a lot to do with us, with references to circumcision and slavery. But Paul was addressing the expectations for how new converts to Christianity would change either their working or social lives. And as radical a change as becoming a Christian is, Paul’s advice is a little unexpected: don’t change your life much. What does he mean by that? What are the underlying assumptions and principles that we can apply? Let’s explore the text together, -Dave