All for the sake of the Gospel

Rudy Ross and I divided our presentation of 1 Corinthians 9 into sections for the sake of time on the YouTube video we produce.

We broke into Paul’s argument, where he listed all of the rights he could assume at Corinth but refused to accept. There is more to his thoughts.

1 Corinthians 9.8-13Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law also say the same?

For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned?

Or does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was indeed written for our sake, for whoever plows should plow in hope and whoever threshes should thresh in hope of a share in the crop.

If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits?

If others share this rightful claim on you, do not we still more?

Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in what is sacrificed on the altar?

In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.

As someone who served churches in a full-time capacity for the majority of my ministry, I am grateful for my salary and benefits. They allowed me to give my full attention to church leadership.

Approachable Leaders

The issue in Corinth was different from that of modern clergy. Verse 12 is central to understanding his thoughts.

Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

If Paul had received payment for his services, it would have come from the few wealthy members of the congregation.

He did not want to be indebted to them, because he wanted to be free to serve the entire church body.

Paul knew the value of a unified church. The majority of his letters sought the unity of the church. He knew that a united church was more apt to extend the good news of Christ than not.

If Paul favored one group over the other, he would add to disunity rather than enhance it.

The church’s environment has changed over the centuries, but the need for approachable leaders and a unified congregation has not.

Even though the majority of clergy receive a salary, they should give the same attention and respect to all.

This will enhance the unity of the church and help spread the gospel.

Prayer for Ukraine

I expect you are like me and hurt over the images of bombed cities, multiple fatalities, and refugees. When I don’t know what to pray, I resort to the Lord’s Prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer is printed below with expanded thoughts on it.

Our Father in heaven, (May everyone know God’s personal nature.)
hallowed be your name. (May God’s reputation be equal to his character.)

Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
(May the effective reach of God’s power be realized on earth.)

Give us this day our daily bread. (May the people in Ukraine have their needs for food, clothing, shelter, and safety met.)

And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
(May forgiveness overcome hatred. May forgiveness be extended to others.)

And do not bring us to the time of trial, (May God lead us away from a time of testing, temptation, and trial.)
but rescue us from the evil one. (May God rescue us from evil and the evil one.)

YouTube Video

Rudy Ross and I have recorded a YouTube video on this passage. It can be heard on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.

Please email your prayer request to bsprad49@gmail.com or private message me on Facebook. The Maywood prayer team will pray for you.

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