Liberty & liability

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Message shared by Ps Kok Moi on 15th Jan 2012, focusing on "Food offered to idols" based on 1 Cor 8

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Liberty & liability

  1. 1. Liberty & Liability
  2. 2. Liberty & Liability~Food offered to Idols~
  3. 3. Big Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers
  4. 4. Big Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers
  5. 5. Big Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers June 12, 2006
  6. 6. Liberty & Liability~Food offered to Idols~  1 Cor 8:1-13  1 Cor 10:16-33
  7. 7. Principles of Inductive Bible Study
  8. 8. Liberty & Liability~Food offered to Idols~  1 Cor 8:1-13  1 Cor 10:16-33 What does it say to the people at that time?
  9. 9. Corinth in Bible Time
  10. 10. Corinth in Bible Time• Capital city of Achaia, Southern Greece• Important commercial & trade city• Prosperous – merchants, traders• “Religious” – many temples• Immoral – gambling, gaming, prostitution, legalized temple prostitution
  11. 11. Bema – raised platform Stoa – covered porticosBasilica – Roman public building Agora – marketplace
  12. 12. The Corinthian Church • Established by Paul during 2nd missionary journey • Gifted church • “Problematic” church • Disunity & division • Morality – Incest • Law suitsPaul tried to answer some of the questions & issues raised by the Corinthian Christians
  13. 13. 1 Cor 8:1 – “Now about…..”1. 1 Cor 7:1 -- Now for the matters you wrote about: It is good for a man not to marry.2. 1 Cor 7:25 -- Now about virgins…3. 1 Cor 8:1 -- Now about food sacrificed to idols…4. 1 Cor 12:1 -- Now about spiritual gifts…5. 1 Cor 16:1 -- Now about the collection for Gods people…6. 1 Cor 16:12 -- Now about our brother Apollos…
  14. 14. 1 Cor 8:1-13 2 groups of believers: Eaters Non-Eaters Knowledge Knowledge Strong (Rom 14) Weak (Rom 14)
  15. 15. “Eaters’ Arguments”
  16. 16. Paul’s Rebuttal #1 V1 – Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” John C. Maxwell
  17. 17. Love & Knowledge
  18. 18. Paul’s Rebuttal #2V9 – Your freedom should not be a stumbling block to others A stumbling block – something that might cause someone to trip or fall into sin.
  19. 19. 2 early Christians in Corinth Demetrius Clement
  20. 20. 2 Principles from 1 Cor 8
  21. 21. 1 Cor 10: 14-22 (Idol Feasts)V16 – comparing the Lord’s table with the table of demonsV18 – Israelites’ Tabernacle sacrificesV20 – Pagans’ demon feasts Conclusion: “No-no to idol feasts” (v21)
  22. 22. 1 Cor 10: 23-332 scenarios:1. Meat market2. Invitation for meals, either at home or in restaurants near the temple
  23. 23. Cultural Context
  24. 24. Implication for Christians
  25. 25. Implication for Christians
  26. 26. Conclusions from 1 Cor 10
  27. 27. Liberty & Liability~Food offered to Idols~  1 Cor 8:1-13  1 Cor 10:16-33 What does it say to us at this time & age??
  28. 28. Present Day Application:
  29. 29. Scripture #1 – Acts 15:29 ~ Jerusalem Council ~Decision: Non-Jew converts need notfollow the Mosaic Laws except toabstain from:• Eating food offered to idols• Sexual immorality• Meat of strangled animals• Blood
  30. 30. Scripture#2 – Rev 2:14 & 20Church in Pergamum (Rev 2:14)“I have a few things against you… sin byeating food sacrificed to idols and bycommitting sexual immorality.”Church in Thyatira(Rev 2:20)“I have this against you:sexual immorality andthe eating of foodsacrificed to idols.”
  31. 31. Present Day Application:
  32. 32. Present Day Application:
  33. 33. Present Day Application:What indwells the ancestral tablet is not our ancestors, but demonic spirits impersonating as our ancestors.
  34. 34. Action Plan
  35. 35. Concluding Remarks
  36. 36. Pizza & Beer
  37. 37. Galatians 5:13
  38. 38. The Ham Sandwich
  39. 39. The Ham Sandwich“I am free to eat pork….and I am also free NOT to eat it….But …………………………….”

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