Theme: Church Life
Thesis: Be Wise
Scripture Text: I Corinthians 9:1-7
I. Position - v. 1-6
II. Pay - v. 7
Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God.
I CORINTHIANS 3:6
I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.
I THESSALONIANS 2:6 & 9
Nor did we seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as apostles of Christ we might have asserted our authority.
For you recall, brethren, our labor and hardship, how working night and day so as not to be a burden to any of you, we proclaimed to you the gospel of God.
II THESSALONIANS 3:8-9
Nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you; not because we do not have the right to this, but in order to offer ourselves as a model for you, so that you would follow our example.
I CORINTHIANS 9:1-7
Am I not free? Am I not an apostle? Have I not seen Jesus our Lord? Are you not my work in the Lord? If to others I am not an apostle, at least I am to you; for you are the seal of my apostleship in the Lord. My defense to those who examine me is this: Do we not have a right to eat and drink? Do we not have a right to take along a believing wife, even as the rest of the apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? Or do only Barnabas and I not have a right to refrain from working? Who at any time serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard and does not eat the fruit of it? Or who tends a flock and does not use the milk of the flock?
Sermon length: 40:11
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