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That I might save some!

Scripture reading for September 4th: 2nd Kings 18-19, 2nd Chronicles 32, Psalm 67, 1st Corinthians 9

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 9:19-22 “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law that I might win those under the law. To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but being under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.”

Paul carefully explained his heart of serving others who were different than himself. He identified with them in their unsaved state so as to be able to share with them the unsearchable riches of Jesus Christ that they might be saved. He had great freedom in Christ, but limited his own freedom to reach those lost in sin and cultural idolatry. Paul sought to imitate his Master, Jesus Christ, who came to seek and save the lost.

Psalm 67:1-2 “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make His Face to shine upon us, that Your way may be known on earth, Your saving power among all nations.”

Faith confession and prayer: Thank You Lord for the freedom from condemnation and judgment I experience in Jesus Christ. Help me to limit my liberty as You direct to reach those still in bondage and see them saved.

2nd Chronicles 32:8 “”. . . . .with him (the king of Assyria) is the an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.”

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Under the Law of Christ!

Scripture reading for July 17th: 1st Corinthians 9, Psalm 142, Proverbs 18

Key Scriptures:  1st Corinthians 9: 19-22 “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.  To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews.  To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.  To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.  To the weak, I became weak, that I might win the weak.  I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.” 

Paul explained his own attitude of love for those God sent him to reach with the Gospel.  He tried to identify with people and meet them where they were living in order to win the right to share the Gospel with them.  His motivation was their salvation, not satisfying his own personal preferences or cultural upbringing.  He was mindful of the law of Christ which was loving God and loving his neighbors.

Faith Confession:  Lord, I want to love You and fulfill the law of Christ in loving those you send me to in order to see them saved.  Open doors for me to share the Gospel today.

Psalm 142:1-2 “With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord.  I pour out my complaint before Him; I tell my trouble before Him.”  

 

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Mission focus!

Scripture reading for July 17th:  Psalm 23-26, 1st Corinthians 9

Key Scriptures: 1st Corinthians 9:22-24  “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak.  I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.  I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.  Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize?  So run that you may obtain it.”  

Paul explained his mission in life now that he had become a follower of Christ.  He tried to relate to whoever Christ placed in his path.  He wanted to share the gospel with them and see them saved and enjoying the blessings of becoming a child of God.  Paul compared life in Christ to a great race.  All believers in the race should run to obtain the prize.  Eternal life is the prize to be shared with the world.

Psalm 24:9-10 “Lift up your head, O gates!  And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of Glory may come in.  Who is this King of Glory?  The Lord of Hosts, He is the King of Glory.”  

Prayer:  Lord, help me today to focus on Your mission of reaching lost people with the blessing of the Gospel.  I glorify You as the King of Glory!  May all open the door of their hearts to You!  Amen.

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Strategy for Soul Winning!

Scripture reading for November 25th: 1st Corinthians 7-10

Paul was called by God to be an apostle and given the task of reaching the Gentiles.  Paul viewed the task of being an apostle, sent to the Gentiles, very seriously.  He did not want to take any support from those he was sent to so they would have no excuse for not listening.  He knew he had a right to have his needs supplied by those who received the message but was moved to offer it free of charge.  He felt compelled to preach as delivering a trust given him by God.  God would meet his needs.   (1st Corinthians 9:15-18)

Paul’s mission strategy was graciously formed in him by the Holy Spirit, some of it against his early Jewish training!  Paul was free in Christ and taught this freedom, but viewed himself as a slave with the job of serving all men the truth of Jesus Christ.  This required some ingenuity and subversive thinking.  When ministering to Jews, Paul drew off his Jewish heritage and spoke in a manner that they could relate to.  (1st Corinthians 9:19-20)  When ministering to Gentiles, he tried to speak the language of the Gentiles and relate to them without using Jewish law and religious terms that might be hard for them to comprehend.  His whole purpose was to win them to Christ and see them saved!

“To the weak I became weak, to win the weak.  I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.  I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.” (1st Corinthians 9:22-23)  Paul’s missionary heart chose to follow the Holy Spirit in being the proper witness to whomever God sent him to.  This would require laying aside the religious prejudice of his Jewish roots in order to reach the Gentiles.  He must also be prepared for criticism and even persecution from his own brothers who were still in religious bondage.

Paul viewed his mission to reach lost souls as competition in an Olympic race.  The runners ran to win a floral crown that would not last, but he was running for a crown that would last forever!  Souls saved would be in God’s presence for eternity.  This required strict discipline of the body and spirit to follow Christ!  Let’s all run this race to win!

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