Sermon for Sept. 20, 2020

“1 Corinthians: Run to Win”

Proverbs 4:25, 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

 

Proverbs 4:25

Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27

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. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to thers I myself should be disqualified.

Sermon for Sept. 13, 2020

“1 Corinthians: All Things to All People”

Proverbs 11:30, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

 

Proverbs 11:30

The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,
and whoever captures souls is wise.

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 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. 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. 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. I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

Sermon for Sept. 6, 2020

“1 Corinthians: Gospel Sacrifice”

Jeremiah 20:9, 1 Corinthians 9:15-18

 

Jeremiah 20:9

If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.

1 Corinthians 9:15-18

But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting. For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.