In this message, we are asked the question, "Why do you serve?" Do you serve to stay busy? Because you should? So others can see you? You should serve because you love God, and your service will flow from that love.
Just as a runner trains and risks all to win a race, so should we - and our reward at the finish is not a transitory wreath, but one that will last forever. - First Corinthians 9:24-27 -
In this message, we are asked the question; who wins souls? Us or God? Through many verses in both the Old and New Testament, we see that although our work in winning people to Christ is important, it is only through God working on their hearts that they are receptive to the Gospel. - First Corinthians 9:19-22 -
In this message, we learn more about those who preach the Gospel. Paul again stated the right to be supported by those he ministers to, but also has the flexibility to not use that right if it hinders the Gospel. Paul also teaches us to be willing to be flexible enough to minister to any group - Jews, Gentiles, whoever - not by changing the message, but by changing the behavior and approach to uniquely minister to that group.
In this message, we learn that those who minister may have a right to material things such as financial support, but often sacrifice that right for the support of the Gospel. Still, those who minister Heavenly things have physical needs, and we are to support them in this spiritual pursuit.
We had a very special service this morning. In honor of our graduating High School Seniors, it was a youth-led service. Our Youth Praise Band blessed us with the music, and our youth pastor - Charles Cutrera - gave the message. He spoke to the adults on how we need the youth of the church, and the fact that they are often (falsely) seen as unwilling or unable to minister. He also spoke to the youth to let them know how much they needed the adults of the church - as examples, as prayer partners, and as co-laborers in ministry. - First Corinthians 12 -
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