Doing All for the Sake of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 9:19-27) - 5/29/22
In vv. 1-18 Paul discusses his willingness to let go of his rights and privileges for the sake and good of the Gospel.
In vv. 19-27 he demonstrates how he lives this life out.
Verse 19 makes the charge and vv. 20-27 shows us how to accomplish it.
v. 19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them
We are free
Yet we have made ourselves servants
So that I might win the more (impact & influence)
Romans 6:18 and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness.
Consider the spiritual needs of others – vv. 20-22
I must be willing to be in the world but not in it
I must be willing to build relationships so that I can share the Gospel.
Never compromising truth – keeping my motives pure
in order to share the Gospel.
What is my goal…FOR THEM TO LIVE MORE LIKE CHRIST…RATHER THAN ME LIVE MORE LIKE THEM.
Jews, Gentiles, and the weak…that covers everyone
Focus on the Gospel – v 23
I do it all for the sake of the gospel – v. 23a
The communicating of the Gospel
We tell others the Good News
Not merely a
Looking for a decision
The truth of the Gospel
We must never cut corners in the message
We do not save… GOD DOES.
Truly doubt we can talk someone into it or out of it
MAKE THE GOSPEL A BIG DEAL
We are guilty of watering down the Gospel
What is “True Saving Faith”
that I may share with them in its blessings – v. 23b
The sharing in the blessings
The seeing of someone coming to faith is Christ
Becoming a brother and sister in Christ with someone
Coming alongside them and seeing them grow
Start with the end in mind – vv. 24-27
Run the race – Go make disciples. THIS IS OUR PURPOSE
STARTING AND FINISHING
We seem to start well, but how is our finishing
Are we worshiping, Serving, Investing in such a way that people are coming to faith in Christ and growing in Christ
AS A CHURCH AND AS AN INDIVIDUAL
ME AND TAB
Where I have been. The Start
When I am – Now
Where I am going – The future
Self-control – v. 25
Controlling my passions and desires
Living in holiness
Previous verses… denying my rights.
Live with purpose – v. 26
My walk with Christ
My hope in the Gospel
My ministry to “make disciples”
Discipline your body – v. 27
My life is dedicated to finish faithful.
Effort … work.
Ongoing… this is a good thing.
Eph. 2:8 – Created for good works.
1 Tim. 4:7 – Train/Discipline yourself for the purpose of Godliness.”
SO THAT I WILL NOT BE DISQUALIFIED
Damaging our witness, hindering our ability to serve the Lord. SIN ALWAYS COMES WITH A COST