If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Exodus 5, Luke 8, Job 22, 1 Corinthians 9. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read 1 Corinthians 9.
In this chapter, Paul began to defend how he served God in the role of Apostle. Verses 1 & 2 offer his qualifications to be an apostle. The main qualification is in verse 1: “Have I not seen Jesus our Lord?” This refers to his Damascus road vision where Christ both saved him and commanded him to preach the gospel (see Acts 9). The remainder of 1 Corinthians 9:1-2 describes how the conversion of the Corinthians proved his authenticity as an apostle.
In verses 3-14, Paul defended his right to be supported financially by those he served in the ministry of the gospel. By the way: the passage we read today in Luke 8:1-3 describes how Christ himself was financially supported by his disciples, specifically a group of women who “were helping to support them out of their own means” (Lu 8:3b). Back in 1 Corinthians 9, though, Paul argued his right to be paid by the Corinthians and others for his service in the gospel (vv. 3-14) but explained how he refused to insist on this support so that the gospel would travel unrestricted (v. 12b, 15a).
In verses 19-23, Paul explained that everything he did was designed to advance the gospel. As one of my teachers, Haddon Robinson, once put it: “He would do anything short of sinning to win people to Christ.”
What do you make of that big idea: “he would do anything short of sinning to win people to Christ?” Do you think that properly describes this chapter, especially verses 19-22? If so, how does that idea challenge some of the ways we live in this world as Christians?
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/calvarybiblechurch/. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.