Lenten Study – March 16

Paul continues to deal with issues within the church in Corinth in the same way a parent would earnestly correct an adult child. Hang in there! You might think this church had a lot of issues, and it probably did, yet Paul is dealing with all these issues and leading them to one of the greatest chapters in scripture, 1 Corinthians 13; where he finally says, you know what, the best thing you can do is “Love.” However, we are not there yet, we are in Chapter 9, and it appears that in Chapter 9 Paul is defending himself. Again, we might not know the exact background, but we can assume that someone may have questioned Paul’s credibility since he was not one of the original disciples. Paul defends himself by saying, all I have done is share the Good News of Jesus Christ with whoever God brings around me. As you read this chapter notice that Paul writes the phrase “the Good News” at least 6 times. Other versions use the word “gospel,” which also means good news. He also uses the word “preach” several times. This is a clue! Paul may have been criticized and yet he states that his passion has been to share the story of Jesus. That has been his motivation, his drive, and his call. As you read today’s chapter try to read between the lines and see Paul’s passion for sharing Jesus with any who would listen to him.

1 Corinthians 9

Reflection Questions:

  1. How do you really feel about Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth?
  2. Do you remember who shared the good news of Jesus with you?
  3. Have you ever had a chance to share how God is at work in your life with someone else?

So What Activity: 

Today, find an opportunity to encourage a leader within the church (it doesn’t have to be one of the pastors, at Lake Deaton UMC we have a lot of leaders.) Leaders often are misunderstood and criticized. Find a way to affirm and appreciate their service in the church community. 


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