HERE IN THE United States we talk about our rights all the time. We learn the Bill of Rights in elementary school, watch protests in the news, and hear about court cases that further define the specifics of our individual liberties. We want to be sure that no one violates our rights, from freedoms of speech and religion to judicial protections like a speedy trial and trial by jury.
When the Apostle Paul wrote his letter to the church at Corinth nearly 2,000 years ago, he also addressed individual freedoms. However, he wasn’t standing up for Christians doing whatever they pleased. Instead, after defining freedom in Christ, Paul used a personal example to make it quite clear that believers should choose to set aside their individual freedoms in order to keep from leading others astray.
In other words, don’t get comfortable. Don’t be selfish. Think of others first and how to help them grow in their Christian walk.
That’s a tough one for us. But reading chapters 8 and 9 of 1 Corinthians and then spending time meditating on God’s word is a good way to find heart change.
- Listen to the sermons on June 10 and June 17 for details and a fresh perspective.
- Read the book of 1 Corinthians in its entirety.
- Join us on Sunday at 9 or 10:45 a.m. as Pastor Mike continues through Paul’s letter.