Redemption Ministries Weekly Bible Study May 18th, 2021

Redemption Ministries Weekly Bible Study May 18th, 2021

Redemption Ministries
CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN
WEEKLY BIBLE STUDY
May 18, 2021

TOPIC: CHOOSING FROM THE POOL OF DELICATE OPTIONS IN LIFE (1)

BIBLE TEXT: Gen 26:1-2; Joshua 24:14-15; Jeremiah 8:20; Luke 15:11-24

Memory Verse: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your father’s served that were on the other side of the flood or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD” Joshua 24:15.

Choices and their consequences reflect people’s freedom to chart their courses in life. This awesome power of choice given to man as a fundamental right includes obvious risk and the numerous advantages. The tendency to develop a life pattern based on some philosophical notion without recourse to its consequences must be discouraged in strong terms.

Redemption Ministries Weekly Bible Study May 18th, 2021

The Holy Bible stands sacrosanct. Hallowed and Unequivocally in the annals of human life as the most valuable instructional manual that outlives times and seasons. Where are the Aristocrats, Shakespeare’, the Greek Epicureans, Stoicks, men of incredible wisdom of yesterdays? They are gone and some of their writings have vanished into oblivion. Let’s be careful!

We shall survey sample consequences of choices in today’s living.

1. THE HAZARDS OF UNWISE CHOICES: Jer.7:1-16; 8:4-9; Luke 15:11-24. Strangely, Judah had derailed and degenerated to the point of choosing a PLACE of worship rather than the PERSON in the centre of worship. This unholy substitution brought untold hardship on God’s people. Incidentally, this is the same paradox that we see today. Where men’s persons are worshipped rather than God. Physical auditoria are revered and kept clean (holy) rather than our bodies. How can we juxtapose this with Rom. 12:1-2?

The decision by the prodigal son to demand for his inheritance and also move out of the house to avoid being checked or monitored on how he was using the inheritance was a disturbing one that eventually landed him in shame and tears. So many promising youths have got their future prospects squashed by these hazardous choices. The temptation to indulge into smoking, consumption of hard drugs, cult activities to guarantee your security and protection in campus, hangout with just one guy or lady whom, you even travel with unknown to your parents, etc. are all options that have landed people in strange madness. “Unwanted” pregnancies, rustication from school, feeding from the dustbin, picking people’s pockets, etc. are some of the end products of such choices.

Systematically, we have gradually developed forbidden strength to cherish, love and prefer super sports, entertainment, cinema houses, movies, our business which we must meet up, relaxation hours, etc. when we should be in the evening service for Bible study, Miracle service or workers’ meeting. These choices have obvious consequences.

2. THE UNHOLY CHOICE OF MARTHA: Luke 10:38-42. As legitimate appealing and reasonable as Martha’s choice was. She obviously scored herself on grade level A and with this she approached Jesus to combine forces and rebuke Mary who in her estimation was lazy about her duties. But shockingly, Jesus had this to say ” But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her”. Luke 10:42.
Choices have consequences. Beware!

HYMN 397 – O JESUS, I HAVE PROMISED

Verse 1
O Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Be Thou forever near me,
My Master and my Friend;
I shall not fear the battle
If Thou art by my side,
Nor wander from the pathway
If Thou wilt be my Guide.

Verse 2
Oh, let me feel Thee near me;
The world is ever near;
I see the sights that dazzle,
The tempting sounds I hear;
My foes are ever near me,
Around me and within;
But, Jesus, draw Thou nearer,
And shield my soul from sin.

Verse 3
Oh, let me hear Thee speaking,
In accents clear and still,
Above the storms of passion,
The murmurs of self-will;
Oh, speak to reassure me,
To hasten, or control;
Oh, speak, and make me listen,
Thou Guardian of my soul.

Verse 4
O Jesus, Thou hast promised
To all who follow Thee
That where Thou art in glory
There shall Thy servant be;
And Jesus, I have promised
To serve Thee to the end;
Oh, give me grace to follow,
My Master and my Friend.

Verse 5
Oh, let me see Thy footmarks,
And in them plant mine own;
My hope to follow duly
Is in Thy strength alone.
Oh, guide me, call me, draw me,
Uphold me to the end;
And then to rest receive me,
My Savior and my Friend.

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