Does God's Word have examples that we can learn from? Examples of people who have tried to live a victorious Christian life and either failed or succeeded? Yes it does. They are in both the New Testament and Old Testament of the Bible, and they provide us with detailed instructions on living our lives in a way that would be pleasing to God. In this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 10:1-9, Paul presents a series of examples to the Corinthians to help him explain the consequences of the choices they have been making in how they conduct their daily lives.
Have you ever asked yourself why anyone would want to be a pastor, preacher, minister, or missionary?
What drives him to want to be a preacher of the gospel message of Jesus Christ?
For that matter what drives any Christian to want to be a soul winner for Christ?
Well, this is what Paul addresses in this verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 9:10-27. He is going to tell us what motivates him to be an apostle for Christ, and he tells us what should be your motivation as a Christian worker as well.
In this lesson Paul is going to talk specifically about his rights, or his liberty, as an apostle, and those of the ministers that do the work of the Lord in obedience to their calling.
Certainly the liberty of an apostle was great. He could choose to do many things, but he also was held to a very high standard as he interacted to the world around him.
He had the power to win large numbers of people to Christ, and he also had the power to drive them away. He would willingly choose to limit his liberty in order to make sure God's message was understood. Paul would do nothing that would cause one of his flock to turn away from God.
This is a verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 9:1-9.