July 7, 2011
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.
June 26, 2011
How does a believer decide whether it is ok for them to participate in activities such as drinking, smoking, dancing, or going to R rated movies?
What is the basis for making your decision?
Is it based on the fact that there are no commandments that state categorically thou shalt not smoke, or drink, or whatever the case may be?
It is based on whether you can do it and it will not affect you?
Paul answers these questions in a verse-by-verse study of 1 Cor. 8:7-13.
June 20, 2011
As a believer, are there any limitations on what we can do and what is it that drives the decision about those limitations?
Paul has been explaining to the Corinthians that there are direct rules in the Word of God that a Christian must obey.
But what about the things that are not so clearly labeled as wrong in the Bible? Are there any limitations with these?
What follows is a study on the things that are controlled by how our brothers and sisters in Christ, and the lost people of the world, will perceive and be affected by our actions. This is a verse-by-verse study of 1 Corinthians 8:1-6.