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  • 1. All Things to All People 1 Cor 9:19-23
  • 2. Paul‟s Good Example  Paul and Silas sang hymns to God while in prison
  • 3. Paul‟s Good Example  Paul and Silas sang hymns to God while in prison  When the earthquake occurred, Paul pleaded with the jailer to do himself no harm
  • 4. Paul‟s Good Example  Paul and Silas sang hymns to God while in prison  When the earthquake occurred, Paul pleaded with the jailer to do himself no harm  Then the jailer came to Paul and Silas to ask what he could do to be saved
  • 5. Lifestyle Evangelism is a Peripheral Issue  Back in chapter 8, the strong were abusing their rights
  • 6. Lifestyle Evangelism is a Peripheral Issue  Back in chapter 8, the strong were abusing their rights  Nothing inherently wrong in eating in a pagan temple
  • 7. Lifestyle Evangelism is a Peripheral Issue  Back in chapter 8, the strong were abusing their rights  Nothing inherently wrong in eating in a pagan temple: “Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer” (1 Tm 4:4-5, ESV).
  • 8. Lifestyle Evangelism is a Peripheral Issue  Back in chapter 8, the strong were abusing their rights  Nothing inherently wrong in eating in a pagan temple: “Everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, for it is made holy by the word of God and prayer” (1 Tm 4:4-5, ESV).  What was wrong was that eating in pagan temples was causing weak brethren to sin
  • 9. How was Paul “All Things to All People?”  He was A SERVANT, v. 19.  He was A SLACKER, vv. 20-22.  He was A SHARER, v. 23.
  • 10. A Servant “Though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them” (1 Cor 9:19, ESV).
  • 11. Christian Liberty “You were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh” (Gal 5:13, ESV).
  • 12. Service was Jesus‟ Way Jesus “laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples‟ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him” (Jn 13:4-5, ESV).
  • 13. Service was Jesus‟ Way “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross” (Phil 2:5-8, ESV).
  • 14. “Win”  Used in rabbinic literature to refer to making proselytes—this term makes clear that Paul has evangelism in mind
  • 15. “Win”  Used in rabbinic literature to refer to making proselytes—this term makes clear that Paul has evangelism in mind  Old cliché: “People don‟t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”
  • 16. Service to Others  Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10)
  • 17. Service to Others  Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10)  “And who is my neighbor?” (v. 29, ESV).
  • 18. Service to Others  Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10)  “And who is my neighbor?” (v. 29, ESV).  “He said, „The one who showed him mercy‟ And Jesus said to him, „You go, and do likewise‟” (v. 37, ESV).
  • 19. Service to Others  Parable of the Good Samaritan (Lk 10)  “And who is my neighbor?” (v. 29, ESV).  “He said, „The one who showed him mercy‟ And Jesus said to him, „You go, and do likewise‟” (v. 37, ESV).  “As we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gal 6:10, ESV).
  • 20. A Slacker “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” (1 Cor 9:20-22, ESV).
  • 21. All Things to All People  A Jew to the Jews
  • 22. All Things to All People  A Jew to the Jews  Somewhat surprising for Paul was a Jew
  • 23. All Things to All People  A Jew to the Jews  Somewhat surprising for Paul was a Jew  But he understood he was under no compulsion to follow the Law of Moses
  • 24. All Things to All People  A Jew to the Jews  Somewhat surprising for Paul was a Jew  But he understood he was under no compulsion to follow the Law of Moses  Circumcision of Timothy (Acts 16:3) & Paul‟s vow (Acts 18:18)
  • 25. All Things to All People  A Jew to the Jews  Somewhat surprising for Paul was a Jew  But he understood he was under no compulsion to follow the Law of Moses  Circumcision of Timothy (Acts 16:3) & Paul‟s vow (Acts 18:18)  Under the law—Proselytes or God-fearers
  • 26. All Things to All People  A Jew to the Jews  Somewhat surprising for Paul was a Jew  But he understood he was under no compulsion to follow the Law of Moses  Circumcision of Timothy (Acts 16:3) & Paul‟s vow (Acts 18:18)  Under the law—Proselytes or God-fearers  Outside the law--Gentiles
  • 27. All Things to All People  A Jew to the Jews  Somewhat surprising for Paul was a Jew  But he understood he was under no compulsion to follow the Law of Moses  Circumcision of Timothy (Acts 16:3) & Paul‟s vow (Acts 18:18)  Under the law—Proselytes or God-fearers  Outside the law—Gentiles  Weak—Not Christians, Not strong
  • 28. A Sharer “I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings” (1 Cor 9:23, ESV).
  • 29. Paul Refers to the “Gospel,” not People  The use of “gospel” indicates Paul‟s purpose
  • 30. Paul Refers to the “Gospel,” not People  The use of “gospel” indicates Paul‟s purpose—Purpose to serve to lead people to Jesus
  • 31. Paul Refers to the “Gospel,” not People  The use of “gospel” indicates Paul‟s purpose—Purpose to serve to lead people to Jesus  Paul‟s main purpose in life was to preach:
  • 32. Paul Refers to the “Gospel,” not People  The use of “gospel” indicates Paul‟s purpose—Purpose to serve to lead people to Jesus  Paul‟s main purpose in life was to preach:  “At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak” (Col 4:3-4, ESV).
  • 33. Paul Refers to the “Gospel,” not People  The use of “gospel” indicates Paul‟s purpose—Purpose to serve to lead people to Jesus  Paul‟s main purpose in life was to preach:  “At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison—that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak” (Col 4:3-4, ESV).  “We are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us” (2 Cor 5:20).
  • 34. Share in the Gospel‟s Blessings  English Standard Version: “share with them in its blessings”
  • 35. Share in the Gospel‟s Blessings  English Standard Version: “share with them in its blessings”  King James Version: “a partaker thereof with you”
  • 36. Share in the Gospel‟s Blessings  English Standard Version: “share with them in its blessings”  King James Version: “a partaker thereof with you”  New International Version: “that I may share in its blessings”
  • 37. Share in the Gospel‟s Blessings  English Standard Version: “share with them in its blessings”  King James Version: “a partaker thereof with you”  New International Version: “that I may share in its blessings”  Literal Greek: “And I am doing all things on account of the gospel, in order that I might be a participant of it.”
  • 38. Blessings of the Gospel  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph 1:3, ESV).
  • 39. Blessings of the Gospel  “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places” (Eph 1:3, ESV).  Getting into Christ: “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ” (Gal 3:27, ESV).
  • 40. Sharing our Faith  “If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand” (Ez 33:8, ESV).
  • 41. Sharing our Faith  “If I say to the wicked, O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak to warn the wicked to turn from his way, that wicked person shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand” (Ez 33:8, ESV).  “Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away” (Jn 15:2, ESV).