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The “R’s” Part 5

May 6, 2009


1 Corinthians 9:19-23

This is a huge subject for the Christian church in the west these days.  Relevance.  That means a great number of things to a great number of people in the church.  For some, it is a word that is synonymous with compromise.  For others, it is a means to reach people for Christ.  Both are probably true to a certain degree.  I read in a post from Perry Noble recently that when he was accused of being “seeker sensative”, he asked, “What am I supposed to be, seeker hostile?”  On the other hand, there are some churches giving in to fear of offending people in the presentation of the truth and consequently compromising the Gospel.

The word “servant” in the passage in 1 Corinthians 9:19 means to “give myself wholly to one’s needs and service”.  What greater need does anyone have than to know Christ?  Paul says in these passages that He does it all for the sake of the Gospel.  We serve them to win them! We don’t beat them with the book, we don’t carry ourselves as higher than them, we don’t ignore their needs, we don’t protest everything that comes down the pipe.  WE SERVE THEM WHERE THEY ARE SO THAT WE MAY WIN THEM.  We become living examples of the Gospel among them.

We get worried that the Gospel is getting watered down.  But it’s not watered down by loud music and lights or catchy videos and creative services.  The Gospel gets watered down when we don’t live what we say we believe in a world that desperately needs it.

Paul was looking to set the example for us to take the Gospel, live it among the people who need it, meeting them in their places of need SO that they will see truth (lived out among them) and believe in the One who sent us!


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One Comment
  1. Amen!!!!! Brother Scott. Powerful, provocative, and most of all TRUTH! Jesus is the most relevant person in all of human history and He is the one whom has made us relevant to the world. No fear! No apology! Love. Doug

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