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Our Responsibility with Christian Liberties (1 Corinthians 10:23-11:1) - 7/3/22


  • Previously – 1 Corinthians 8:1-13 on May 8th


  • Then… meat sacrificed to idols

  • Now… the freedoms we have as Christians

  • How much freedom/Christian liberties do I have as Christian?

    • Legalisms – I have rules I must follow

    • License – I can do anything

  • What are we free to do?

  • I think we can ask ourselves a few questions to get to the right outcome.

    • What can I do?

    • What should I do?

    • Why am I doing it? (this helps us with the should)

    • How will it impact others? (this helps us with the should)

What can I do?

All things are lawful for me…v. 22a

  • Obviously, Scripture is the absolute in our decision making.

  • 2 Timothy 3:16-17

  • 2 Peter 1:3-4; 10

  • We should never go against what Scripture teaches.

    • Old Testament

    • New Testament

  • Our liberties are the decisions in the “gray” area…. where Scripture does not speak.

What should I do?

But not all things are helpful… not all things build up. v. 23

Remember, the thing we are “doing” is seen by others. This is not just a personal decision between me and the Lord. It is a decision that has public consequences.

You can, but should you?

  • Is it helpful (profitable)?

  • Does it buildup (edify)?

  • Will it build up?

  • Will it tear down?

Think about the impact it will have on you and on others.

  • At the end of the day, what is the benefit.

  • I ask myself this more as I have gotten a little older

v. 24 – Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

Two other questions that help with the SHOULD

Why am I doing it?

The passion behind our decisions … the reason we do what we do

For Me or Others

  • My neighbor – v. 24

  • The glory of God – v. 31

    • Sermon on June 12 covered this specific scripture


  • Those who do not know Christ – v. 33

What if we changed our WHY?????

  • Our life (purpose, passion) would change for all eternity.

  • Most of our why is self… rather than others.

    • Even with our liberties… we become self-serving and flaunt our freedoms in Christ.

    • We focus on our life, future, peace, and happiness

How will it impact others?

Build up others – v. 23

  • Sanctification

That they might be saved – v. 33

  • Salvation

vv. 32-33 – Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved. 11-:1 Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

Not seeking my own advantage

  • Just as Christ lived

Imitate me as I imitate Christ

  • What if we all lived in this way

  • I follow who is in front… ultimately Jesus

  • Example, after Example, after Example

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