Be The Church week 11
1 Corinthians Ch 9
Theme: When we look into the church of Corinth we see a lot of things we can learn from! They were a messy church, but they were a church alive! As we dive into this book we can learn a lot, whether it be from their spiritual failures or whether it be from their spiritual success. The one thing we learn is that God has called the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus! And it's when the church comes together in unity and lives on mission together that God moves in the most powerful of ways! Let’s be the church!
Paul used His freedom to do whatever it took to reach people for Jesus! The question for us is are we doing whatever it takes to win people to Christ?
1. Use your Freedom to win people to Jesus vs 19
God doesn’t just save you from something, God saves you to something!
He set’s us free to send us out! We follow him and we Fish for men! (As Jesus told Peter)
The goal is not to just get set free, it’s to use our freedom in such a way that others get set free.
We are to be conduits of God’s Grace. We don’t want God’s Grace to stop with us. We want God’s grace to flow through us onto someone else! We want to build a bridge from our hearts to others’ hearts that Jesus Christ can walk across. Let’s make disciples that go make disciples!
Q1 - How does this passage change your purpose in life? How does it challenge you when it comes to being a conduit of the gospel? Are you a conduit or a cul-de-sac? (Dead end)
2.. Use your Freedom to build bridges not barriers vs 20-22
Paul's number one priority was winning people to Jesus, and he was willing to do whatever it took to do it! (Other than sin)
Paul was willing to adapt to the culture that he was trying to reach!
He laid aside his opinion and preferences and methods in order to build influence with others and then use that influence to win people to Jesus! We’re talking about souls here!
What creates barriers to reaching people?
Our Personal preferences - Our preferences should fall flat at the cross! They don't matter!
Our comfort - God hasn’t called you to comfort, he’s called you to count the cost!
Our sin - if you look like the world you have nothing to offer it!
As the church, we are really good at making people adapt to us when we should adapt to people to meet them where they are. We have to be married to the mission and not the methods.
The question is, how can I be holy, yet adaptable?
Remember! A devoted Christian that acts normal is a powerful weapon for the kingdom. Discipleship is meeting people where they are and helping them get to where God wants them to be.
Q1 - What hinders you from becoming all things to all people?
Is it politics?
Is it culture?
Is it comfort?
Is it opinion?
Is it methods?
What keeps you from doing whatever it takes (beside sin) to reach people with the gospel?
Q2 - What would it take for you to start having the same mindset as Paul? What would have to change in your life?
3.. Use your Freedom to live a life worthy of the Gospel that bought it vs 23
In the Bible Belt (where we live) it is easy to profess to be a Christian while in fact, our life looks nothing like what we profess to have. It is easy to preach but not practice! Paul says I live my life in such a way that I practice what I preach. I don’t want to disqualify what I preach by how I live. I don’t want to be a hindrance to others believing in Jesus! I want to reflect the gospel with the life I live! When you preach the gospel you have to use words, but you should live your life in such a way that it preaches itself! You have been bought with a price. You may be free in Christ but you’re a slave to him now! Live in such a way that it reflects Christ to a lost and dying world.
Don’t just preach it, live it!
Q1 - Does the way you live, reflect the gospel you proclaim to have?
Q2 - When you look at the real fruit of your life, does it show that you Love God, Love Others, and Make Disciples?
Q3 - What are some changes that you need to make in your life in order to be the missionary that God has called you to be?
Q - Paul used his freedom to do whatever it took to reach people for Jesus! Are you doing whatever it takes to reach people?
Pray that God would give you his heart to reach people! Pray specifically that God would give you a hunger to reach the lost with the gospel! Pray that God would do a deep work of discipleship in our church!