30 May 2013

How to Treat a Girl

I've spent most of the afternoon preparing some devotions to take on an upcoming youth trip and came across some notes for a young men's session on purity that was probably at least 5 years ago.

Haven't posted in a while, so I thought I'd pass along part of those notes here.


1.  Like God's daughter (2 Corinthians 4:14-18; Galatians 3:26).  Treat God's daughter like you would want someone to treat your daughter.

2.  Like a sister in Christ (1 Timothy 5:1-2).  Be no more romantic with a sister in Christ than you would with a sister in the flesh, and you'll be OK.

3.  Like somebody else's wife (1 Corinthians 7:1-2).  Many people involved in a relationship wrongly assume they are going to one day get married and take the liberty of acting like they're already husband and wife.  We all know that even the best of relationships have a chance of ending before they reach the altar (which is sometimes a good result if the purpose of dating or courting or whatever you call is to seek God's will in the selection of a marriage partner).  "I will have no physical contact with this girl that I wouldn't want another man having with my wife" would be a safe rule to follow.  A young man should conduct himself in such a way that he will have no regrets in the case that the two parties decide it is not God's will (or not their will) for them to be married.

4.  Like God is your chaperone (Jeremiah 23:23-24; Hebrews 13:5).  Because He is.  So don't do anything you'd be ashamed for Him to see, because He does.

With marriages falling apart all around us, it's more important now than ever for us to train our young people on how to make the second most important decision they'll make in their lives (who to marry), and how to prepare for and enter into that relationship.

10 May 2013

How God Will Judge

So according to 1 Corinthians 3 and host of other scriptures, God will judge (1) our works, (2) our words, (3) every secret thing, and (4) the heart.  The question now to consider is HOW God will judge?  In what manner will this judgment seat of Christ be carried out?

1 Corinthians 3:13-15 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by FIRE; and the FIRE shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be BURNED, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by FIRE.

It is obvious from the passage that our works will be tried by – FIRE.

Now, I am a Bible literalist.  I believe that unless the context clearly indicates otherwise, what we read in the word of God is to be taken literally.  Which means I have no reason to believe that the fire of 1 Corinthians 3 – the judgment seat of Christ fire – is not a literal, burning fire. 

No explanation is given as the source of the fire, the size of the fire, the location of the fire, how our works pass through the fire, etc.  But there are some very interesting cross references that connect fire and judgment to a couple different things.