Our God is Kind and Fierce

Our God is kind toward us.  Our God is fierce against sin.

1 Corinthians 6:1-20

Regarding our Fellow Believers

- how DARE you file a lawsuit against a fellow believer?
-  better to accept injustice than rob yourself of your testimony
- forget your rights (forget the Little Kingdom)  vs. 11
- You have been MADE RIGHT by the Holy Spirit of God
- No more open, proud sin
- God’s freedom has literally made it possible for us to do anything…but that doesn’t mean everything is good

About Sex

- Our bodies weren’t made for sexual immorality (vs. 13)
- Our bodies are made for the Lord, and are actually part of Christ
- Run from sexual sin
— Affects the body like none other  (greater consequences)
— Body is a temple

Note:  When you get saved, you are giving up who and what you were and you start becoming who Jesus IS. 

EZRA 10:1-44

Ezra's repentance began with himself, and it brought revival and change throughout the land.  Ezra had made bold claims about the protection of God, and now he had to back them up.  Feeling distraught, Ezra enters the Temple of God and begins weeping and praying.  He cried so loudly, he attracted a crowd.  People began weeping over their own sins.  Ezra’s call to brokenness began out of his personal brokenness.  

The sin highlighted among the people:  they had taken pagan wives.  Ezra’s call to set things right didn’t just entail admitting sorrow, remorse, or guilt.  It took action.  The people made a promise to renounce the pagan wives they had married, and the children born to these women.  What a shocking reminder that our sin profoundly affects the lives of others.  It is never God’s plan to see broken families.  However, no more excuses are allowed when God is moving and restoring His people to righteousness.  In all, 112 men divorced pagan wives and sent them back to where they came from.

Aaron is the pastor of Spring of Life, a new church in Portland, Oregon. He's the owner of Amplify Creative.