• Tony Birkhead

Week 4- Learn to Share your Story



Use the Lessons You’ve Learned to Lean into Others’ Lives!

INTRODUCTION

A Christian is one who shares what it means to be a follower of Christ with others.

KEY SCRIPTURE

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Is there any job that you loved so much you would be willing to do it without pay?

Have you ever sacrificed your goals and priorities to help someone else? What was that like?

Paul did not limit whom he shared the gospel with. Instead he shared with a wide variety of people. Do you ever place limits on those you share the gospel with?

What does it look like to be “all things to all people”? What does it not look like?

MOVING FORWARD

  • In this passage we see Paul’s deep passion for sharing the gospel. How would you describe your passion for serving God? When has it been the strongest? The weakest?

  • For whom are you a model of Jesus Christ? What kind of model are they seeing?

PRAY TOGETHER

Thank God for the gospel. Ask God to empower us by His Spirit to share the gospel with others. Pray that He would break down our barriers and division and give us a heart for our lost friends and family. Close by praying for lost friends and family of those in the group. Pray that God would help us to be servants of all to share the good news of Jesus with those around us.

COMMENTARY

1 Corinthians 9:19-23

9:19. Paul as a free man (cp. v. 1) put forward his motive for making himself a slave (lit “I enslaved myself”). He did it in order to win more people.

9:20-22. Paul’s “self-imposed slavery” gave him the freedom to accommodate Jews and Gentiles alike and therefore speak the gospel in a forthright manner, unhindered by cultural hang-ups. He exemplified this freedom among Jews when he circumcised Timothy (whose mother was Jewish) to maximize the gospel witness in Jewish areas (Ac 16:3). Among Gentiles who were without the law, he yielded his rights in order to maximize the gospel’s advance. For example, he would not take a wage if taking a wage would cause those “outside the law” to stumble. The phrase not being without God’ s law but within Christ’ s law refers to him as one who had the right under God’s law to receive a wage (cp. 9:8-10), yet among Gentiles he yielded that right.

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