So, if it's not sinful to be tempted, why should we even pray to be kept from temptation? Because we are weak and when we are tempted it's like entering a battle. The devil will use temptation to make us fall but God will use temptation to make us strong. When we find ourselves in the midst of that battle it's important to listen to the truth of Gods word and to lean on His promises so that we don't stumble.
Matthew was preaching from 1 Corinthians 10: 1-13, and he pointed out that in this passage there were three mistakes that Paul mentions: Sexual immorality, 'testing Christ' (not trusting in Gods provision) and 'Grumbling' (having a bad attitude towards power or those in a position of authority). Matthew outlined the importance of these particular mistakes in relation to church history and the problems that can be caused when any of these particular aspects of life get out of control. That is why Jesus tells us to pray 'lead us not into temptation' rather than 'lead me'.
Matthew finished his talk by emphasising how important it is to know our own areas of weakness and to not be complacent because temptation will come. However God will always provide a way out.
So all in all a really great night at #the7 with Ben and Rosie leading the service and Tom leading us in some excellent sung worship.