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Living in a Post-Christian Society

August 10, 2014

ON PURPOSE

1 Corinthians 9:15-27

Everyone in this world should worship and honor the Lord! Psa. 33:8 (CEV)

Sing praise to the Lord, because he has done great things. Let all the world know what he has done. Isa. 12:5 (NCV)


• To have a rewarding life, do everything for the cause of Christ.


I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the Good News and share in its blessings. 1 Cor. 9:22b-23


1. GIVE IN TO THE COMPULSION.

Still, I want it made clear that I’ve never gotten anything out of this for myself, and that I’m not writing now to get something. I’d rather die than give anyone ammunition to discredit me or impugn my motives. If I proclaim the Message, it’s not to get something out of it for myself. I’m compelled to do it, and doomed if I don’t! 1 Cor. 9:15-16


2. ACCEPT MY RESPONSIBILITY.

If I were doing this on my own initiative, I would deserve payment. But I have no choice, for God has given me this sacred trust. 1 Cor. 9:17 (NLT)


We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. 2 Cor. 5:20


3. SERVE FOR THE CAUSE.

Even though I am free of the demands and expectations of everyone, I have voluntarily become a servant to any and all in order to reach a wide range of people. 1 Cor. 9:19


4. MAKE MYSELF A SPIRITUAL ATHLETE.


• Run to win.

You’ve all been to the stadium and seen the athletes race. Everyone runs; one wins. Run to win. 1 Cor. 9:24 (Mes)


• Train hard.

All good athletes train hard. 1 Cor. 9:25a (Mes)


I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. 1 Cor. 9:27 (NLT)


• Do everything for the gold that’s eternal.

They do it for a gold medal that tarnishes and fades. You’re after one that’s gold eternally. 1 Cor. 9:25b (Mes)


• Take every step on purpose.

So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 1 Cor. 9:26 (NLT)

 

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