It all has a purpose

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We concluded the last lesson with the end of chapter 6
the final verse we keyed in on was
1 Corinthians 6:20 KJV 1900
20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.
The obvious take away we have from this closing is we belong to God. We are purchased by him.
How did he purchase us? The Cross
In chapter 7 Paul gets into teachings on marriage.
Take aways for teenagers.
You are not to touch a woman unless you are married to her
1 Corinthians 7:1 KJV 1900
1 Now concerning the things whereof ye wrote unto me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
2. Once your married stay married.
1 Corinthians 7:10–11 KJV 1900
10 And unto the married I command, yet not I, but the Lord, Let not the wife depart from her husband: 11 But and if she depart, let her remain unmarried, or be reconciled to her husband: and let not the husband put away his wife.
There are a select few circumstances that there is the provision for divorce. But we should not enter a marriage with this as a back up plan.
3. God has a perfect plan for you life, the perfect spouse, or the perfect life. Seek his will for you life and not your own.
Moving into chapter 8 we see much dedicated to not eating food offered to idols.
This sounds strange in our culture. But we must remember what Culture he is referring to. Corinth is a city in south central Greece, about 80 miles west of Athens. It was a very current city. Up on all the fashion and vogue of the world.
There were temples made to many Gods. And there were meats offered as a sacrifice to these Gods and than given or sold. Most likely it was good meat. But it must be refrained from as it may have been clean physically it was defiled spiritually.
It can also be a stumbling block to others who are considering christianity.
1 Corinthians 8:8–10 KJV 1900
8 But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither, if we eat, are we the better; neither, if we eat not, are we the worse. 9 But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak. 10 For if any man see thee which hast knowledge sit at meat in the idol’s temple, shall not the conscience of him which is weak be emboldened to eat those things which are offered to idols;
Paul opens chapter 9 with a declaration of the rightful authority that he has been given. He is an apostle. He has seen the Lord Jesus and has been trained by Him.
He takes the next 18 verses and dissects the use of power (authority/jurisdiction)
And he brings the chapter to a close and this is where we are going to spend the rest of our time tonight.
1 Corinthians 9:19–27 KJV 1900
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more. 20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; 21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law. 22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 And this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I might be partaker thereof with you. 24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air: 27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
His humility (verse 19)
His changeability (verse 20-22)
His inclusivity (verse 23)
His tenacity (verse 24)
These 4 things he kept in mind because he was Millennium Minded. He realized there was a prize to be won. He realized the race we run is not to a temporary trophy or money that will fade.
Questions to ask the crowd:
What is you goal each day
Who is most important in your life
Do you live like your life is yours or belonging to Christ
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