(A Pastor Answers the Critics)
1 Corinthians 9:1-27
Nothing is more important than preaching the Gospel and getting people saved (vs. 22). Paul proved this time and again by his life, commitment, and sacrifice (vs.19).
Verse 3: The Critics:
He doesn’t work a full time job, yet, he gets a salary and has his daily needs supplied.
Verses 1-6: Paul is offended and defends himself.
Yes, he does work.
Yes, he is privileged.
– He is an apostle.
– He is a recipient of Grace and a Dispenser of Grace.
Yes, he is free…
…not a slave
…not employed, but is, rather, self-employed.
He is free to forbear working.
Yes, he is free to marry if he chooses.
Yes, he is free to live a normal life.
…to eat and drink.
Yes, he has the right to have the church pay his salary (vss. 7- 11).
Yes, he has a right to all of the above.
…Live a normal life
…By right of logic and fairness.
…By right of the Law of God.
BUT Paul doesn’t insist on his rights; instead he surrenders and sacrifices all for the Gospel (vss. 12-15).
Verses 16-22: Why is Paul willing to sacrifice all for the Gospel?
Verses 23-27: Would you be willing to be somebody’s Savior in order to be a joint partaker of the Gospel’s blessing?