Lesson No. 529
1 Corinthians Chapter 9
"Do We Carry Our Cross Daily Like Paul?"

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The rights of apostles

1 Am I not an apostle? am I not free? have I not seen Jesus Christ our Lord? are not ye my work in the Lord? 2 If I be not an apostle unto others, yet doubtless I am to you: for the seal of mine apostleship are ye in the Lord. 3 Mine answer to them that do examine me is this, 4 Have we not power to eat and to drink? 5 Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife, as well as other apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 6 Or I only and Barnabas, have not we power to forbear working? 7 Who goeth a warfare any time at his own charges? who planteth a vineyard, and eateth not of the fruit thereof? or who feedeth a flock, and eateth not of the milk of the flock? 8 Say I these things as a man? or saith not the law the same also? 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the corn. Doth God take care for oxen? 10 Or saith he it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written: that he that ploweth should plow in hope; and that he that thresheth in hope should be partaker of his hope. 11 If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things? 12 If others be partakers of this power over you, are not we rather? Nevertheless we have not used this power; but suffer all things, lest we should hinder the gospel of Christ. 13 Do ye not know that they which minister about holy things live of the things of the temple? and they which wait at the altar are partakers with the altar? 14 Even so hath the Lord ordained that they which preach the gospel should live of the gospel. 15 But I have used none of these things: neither have I written these things, that it should be so done unto me: for it were better for me to die, than that any man should make my glorying void. 16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! 17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. 18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel. 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.

Lesson No.  529 "Do We Carry Our Cross Daily Like Paul?"

1st Corinthians 9                                                  08/30/2020

1)  Paul's authority over the Corinth church was in question by some.  What did Paul give as his credentials of his apostleship over them?  (Hint- verse 1 and verse 2)

2) Paul then defends his 'right' to living, family, wife, a life basically, just like the other apostles including James and Peter (verses 4 and 5), but what does he say in verse 6?

3) The issue of financially supporting church 'staff' comes up in verses 7 through 14.  What is the basis for this claim?  Does this make sense?

4) So Paul says that God says the church leaders need to be supported, but what does he say about himself in verse 15?

5) He then goes on to say what about his preaching in verses16-18?

6) Paul says that he could take a salary, but he won't, why?  (Hint- 19)

7) Paul then goes on giving  his strategy for reaching the unsaved in verses 20-22, what is it?

8) Paul likens preaching the gospel to running a race.  He says all run, but only one wins- what does this mean regarding ministry?  (we all must run with hope of glory!)

9) In verse 25, he says that everyone is in a race, or the rat race, and those in the world run for a crown of gold, but what do we run for?  (Verse 25)

10) Paul concludes the chapter with verse 27, saying that in all things, his lifestyle, family choice, eating, drinking, leisure time activity, working and not taking a salary from churches, he keeps all in subjection, for what reason?  Is this what Christ meant when He said to carry our cross daily?

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