Webb Road Congregation

 

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“To help families and individuals develop  a faithful relationship with God, through  the ministry of Jesus Christ!”

 

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Sunday February 1st 2015
"Love God"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 1st Scripture Setting:   1 Corinthians 8:1–13

In 1 Corinthians 8:1–13, Paul responds to a group of Corinthian Christians’ inquiry about the morality of eating food offered to pagan idols. Rather than offer a direct answer to the specific question, Paul offers a broader lesson in ethical living.

There are at least two groups of members in the Corinth church. There is a group of intellectuals. There is another group from the working class. This second group had recent experience with pagan rituals. Much of the social life of the elite population of Corinth occurred in dining areas around temples. Typically they sacrificed an animal to a deity and some of the flesh burned on an altar. After the sacrifice there were feasts, celebrations, or public events. They sold the remaining meat to the public, usually to the well-to-do.

The educated elite Christians knew there was only one true God and the ritual food had no meaning. Other newer Christians, however, believed the food should not be eaten because it had been used in pagan rituals.

According to the intellectuals “all of us possess knowledge” (v. 1). We know the meat is not sacred. While Paul has used knowledge of God as essential, he disagrees with this particular argument. Here he counters with “Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.” Paul insists it is not what one knows that is important. It is how one shows love and concern for all believers.

Paul connects knowledge and love. One understands God’s love best when one knows and models the love of Jesus Christ. Knowledge offers the freedom to choose. Paul contends the best choices are those made with love and for the benefit of the whole community. Some may know the sacrificial meat has no special significance and so is acceptable. However, others are vulnerable. They are not as spiritually aware and knowledgeable. “They still think of the food they eat as offered to an idol” (v. 7). If they see some of the members eating meat they may think it is acceptable to consume it. They may confuse their previous pagan rituals with newer insights about the one true God.

Paul’s message may seem to be about eating idol meat. Instead, it is about love—God’s love expressed through the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. This love includes making responsible choices that support all members of the community of faith. Relationships among sisters and brothers in Christ are more important than one’s personal knowledge and wishes. When our actions cause other members of the community to be unfaithful, they are unethical and sinful (vv. 11–12). A faithful, loving relationship “builds up” (v. 1). We model faithfulness to God through love of God and others.

According to Paul, knowledge can be valuable when used with love in caring servant ministry. For example, it is a gift to understand the unlimited nature of God’s love, grace, and generosity. We can use this knowledge to bless others with love, grace, and generosity. “Knowledge [without love] puffs up, but love builds up” (v. 1). Unethical actions wound the entire community, the family of God. Ethical behavior reflects God’s loving nature and considers the needs of the entire faith community.

The imagery of food connects well with the Communion service. Participation in the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper reminds us of our commitment to oneness and equality in Jesus Christ (Words of Counsel, April 14, 2013). When we come to the table, we come as a community of believers. We remember Christ’s love for us and our love for one another. We have opportunity to seek forgiveness for the harm we have caused in our relationships and seek God’s grace and mercy in our lives.

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Regular Activities

Sunday

Sunday School,  9:30 AM

 

Worship Service, 10:45 AM

 

Children's Worship on 2nd  Sundays

Pot Luck Dinner on 2nd  Sundays  (Next:  Feb. 8th)

Monday

Men's Prayer Breakfast,  8:30 AM
 

Tuesday

Women's Bible Study    9:00 AM 1st and 3rd Wks

11:30 AM Lunch & a 
  Movie

Wednesday

Prayer & Testimony Service, 7:00 PM
 

 

January 24 - 25th 
 Jr Hi - Sr Hi Lock In  @ Donna's Home
   5:30 PM

 

February  1st
Congregation Leaders Meeting
 @ Webb Road    4:00 PM

 

February  1st
Annual Super Bowl Party @ Webb Road
    5:00 PM

 

March 1st
Retirement Celebration @ Webb Road  or Mike Hale and Don McLaughlin

 

March 14th
Chili Cook-Off @ Webb Road  5:30 PM

 

March 17-19th
MMC Mini-Reunion @ Webb Road
 

 

 

Pot-Luck Dinner Season:
 

Next Pot Luck Dinner:

February 8th

 

 

Midlands Mission Center 2015
Summer Camping
 

  •   Junior Camp:   June 7-11

  •   Youth Quest KC:  June 11-13

  •   Youth Quest Wichita: June 11-13

  •   Doniphan Reunion:  June 21-26

  •   Sr. High Camp:  June 28- July 3

  •   Chihowa Reunion: July 5-10

  •   MITIOG:  July 18-24

  •   SPECTACULAR: July 18-25

  •   Jr. High Camp:  July 26-31
     

 

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