March 15, 2020

Free to Serve, Free to Participate

Passage: 1 Corinthians 9:19-27

1 Corinthians 9:19-27 English Standard Version (ESV)

19 For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 25 Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. 27 But I discipline my body and keep it under control,[a] lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.

Free to Serve, Free to Participate

        1.      We are ________ from all in Christ, to _______ all as Christ. in order to _________ many for Christ; (vv. 19-22)
        2.      We now do all things for the ___________ in order to participate, winning the ________ and exercising self-control rather than being __________ (vv. 23-27).