What it Takes for the Church to Change the World (1st Corinthians 9:1-23)

The people were arguing about their freedoms: “I’m free! Free from traditions, from legalism, from laws and rituals and rules: what to eat, how to worship, the way to live.”

Paul says, “Yes, you’re free. But you can use your freedom as a license to sin, or you can invest your freedom in a license for mission.” You are not free to do what YOU want; you’re now free to do what GOD wants!

Instead of saying, “I am free to do whatever I want to,” Paul says in effect, “I am free from the cultural boundaries. ambitions, morays and morals of any given society. So I am free now to connection with every society, free to connect with every culture, and every people group. I am free then to build a bridge for the Gospel so that I can share the truth and love of Jesus with many cultures. I use my freedom for mission.”

  • One is a freedom that serves SELF.
  • The other is a freedom that serves GOD by serving others.
  • One is a freedom used as a license for self and sin.
  • The other is a freedom used a license for mission and loving people.

Paul writes with great reflection, “I have become all things to all people that by all things possible I may win some.”

Theologians call this Contextualization.

This wise outlook is what it takes to for the church to change the world.

What it Takes for the Church to Change the World

Message title: What it Takes for the Church to Change the World
Fifteenth week of the Beautiful Messy Church
Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 9:1-23
Preacher: Jeff Patterson
Date: 1/17/16

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“Every Christian is a missionary, or an imposter.”
—Charles Spurgeon

Scripture reading: 1 Corinthians 9:1-23

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