1 Corinthians 9:19-27

(1 Corinthians 9:19-27) - "By all means!" This is one of my favorite passages in the NT. It's incredibly challenging, but reveals so much of what a gospel-centered heart should look like. To continue this discussion about laying down rights, Paul mentions his main purpose in doing so in his own life. To win souls …

1 Corinthians 9:1-18

(1 Corinthians 9:1-18) - Don't bite the hand that feeds you. Several things are at play here. Paul's continuing the discussion about how one should utilize their liberty as a believer. He uses himself as an example of someone who is doing this rightly (that would scare me). For Paul, he was specifically referring to …

1 Corinthians 8

(1 Corinthians 8) - The use of liberty. Remember that an overarching theme at this point in the letter is Paul's teaching of how believers should be using their freedom in Christ. He's also spending time correcting the various deviations from this truth. In this case, he was seeing several of the believers use their …

1 Corinthians 7:25-40

(1 Corinthians 7:25-40) - For the form of this present world is passing away. Paul's primary goal for the believers in this church was to increase their joy in the Lord. He wished for them to experience a relationship with Jesus that was undistracted in devotion. He wasn't anti-marriage, he was just pro-focus-on-Jesus. It's apparent …

1 Corinthians 7:10-24

(1 Corinthians 7:10-24) - Maximizing your position Paul calls on the people in the church to live the life that God has called them to live. Their primary focus in all things was to be the Lord and His commandments, not the things of man. In this passage, we see Paul encouraging people to remain …

1 Corinthians 7:1-9

(1 Corinthians 7:1-9) - Godly wisdom from trusted leadership. One of the gifts in the body of Christ is that we can benefit from the wisdom of others who are more mature than us. They've walked through things in life with the Lord that have helped them to gain godly perspective and insight. Even if …

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

(1 Corinthians 6:12-20) - The temple of God. Who you are determines what you should be doing. The fight for many Christians is NOT realizing what we should be doing, it's realizing what our true identity really is. In this passage that becomes very clear. WE ARE (identity) the temple of God, the very dwelling …