Mission

Mission 12/27

Focus: Technology: Pros and Cons

Week Four Devotional: “Be Strong”

Scripture Lesson: 2 Timothy 3:16-17

2 Timothy 3:16-17 New King James Version (NKJV)

16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and isprofitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3:16-17Contemporary English Version (CEV)

16 Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. 17 The Scriptures train God’s servants to do all kinds of good deeds.

Destroying or Enhancing the Quality of Life

Study Texts: 1 Corinthians 10:23-33  

Objective: To explore the impact that technology has on one’s quality of life.

~Devotional and Lesson by Margarette W. Williams

1 Corinthians 10:23-33New King James Version (NKJV)

All to the Glory of God

23 All things are lawful for me,[a] but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me,[b] but not all things edify. 24 Let no one seek his own, but each one the other’s well-being.

25 Eat whatever is sold in the meat market, asking no questions for conscience’ sake; 26 for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”[c]

27 If any of those who do not believe invites you to dinner,and you desire to go, eat whatever is set before you, asking no question for conscience’ sake. 28 But if anyone says to you, “This was offered to idols,” do not eat it for the sake of the one who told you, and for conscience’ sake;[d] for “the earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness.”[e] 29 “Conscience,” I say, not your own, but that of the other. For why is my liberty judged by another man’s conscience? 30 But if I partake with thanks, why am I evil spoken of for the foodover which I give thanks?

31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Corinthians 10:23 NU-Text omits for me.
  2. 1 Corinthians 10:23 NU-Text omits for me.
  3. 1 Corinthians 10:26 Psalm 24:1
  4. 1 Corinthians 10:28 NU-Text omits the rest of this verse.
  5. 1 Corinthians 10:28 Psalm 24:1

1 Corinthians 10:23-33Contemporary English Version (CEV)

Always Honor God

23 Some of you say, “We can do whatever we want to!” But I tell you that not everything may be good or helpful. 24 We should think about others and not about ourselves. 25 However, when you buy meat in the market, go ahead and eat it. Keep your conscience clear by not asking where the meat came from. 26 The Scriptures say, “The earth and everything in it belong to the Lord.”

27 If an unbeliever invites you to dinner, and you want to go, then go. Eat whatever you are served. Don’t cause a problem for someone’s conscience by asking where the food came from. 28-29 But if you are told that it has been sacrificed to idols, don’t cause a problem by eating it. I don’t mean a problem for yourself, but for the one who told you. Why should my freedom be limited by someone else’s conscience? 30 If I give thanks for what I eat, why should anyone accuse me of doing wrong?

31 When you eat or drink or do anything else, always do it to honor God. 32 Don’t cause problems for Jews or Greeks or anyone else who belongs to God’s church. 33 I always try to please others instead of myself, in the hope that many of them will be saved.

 

Here is a list of topics church leaders may discuss about today’s use of technology.

  1. Praise teams and praise dancers open worship with lengthy songs set overtly contemporary music.
  2. Online Bible study groups, with or without feedback.
  3. Consistent data status updates via apps and twitter during sermons and Bible teaching.
  4. Constant in real-time placement of new status information on Facebook.
  5. The shift in the traditional definition of “community in the church”.
  6. Opportunities to serve on another and outreach for mission.
  7. Substitution of physical worship with listening to sermons online or from a favorite TV preacher. Is there a new for the term “traditional worship”? What does that mean?

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