What Can I Do? 1 Cor. 8:1-3, 9-13; 9:19-23; 10:23-24, 31-11:1 July 4, 2010
What can we as individuals to make a difference in our world? We can make all of our decisions, base on
Christian love, brotherly concern, a broad evangelistic appeal, and the brand to do all for God’s Glory.
1. I Can Make My Decisions From A . . Base Of Love. 1Cor. 8:1-3
A. Love Not Focused On What You . . Know. 8:1-2
8 About food offered to idols: We know that "we all have knowledge." Knowledge inflates with pride, but love builds up. 2 If anyone thinks he knows anything, he does not yet know it as he ought to know it.
B. Love Focused On Who You . . Know. 8:3
3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by Him. HCSB
Some want to parade around trying to impress others with what they know; and some can be impressive but not to the glory of God. Paul tells us knowledge inflates with pride so it has its reward. The knowledge talked about here related to the meat offered on a pagan altar and then sold in the market or offered at a meal. Should a Christian eat such meat? Paul urged the decision to be made from Christian love, and not just knowledge about the meats. The decision a Christian made revealed their maturity, how much they cared about the Lord and others.
2. I Can Make All My Decisions From A . . Brotherly Concern. 1 Cor. 8:9-13; 10:23-24
A. Brotherly Concern . . Watching Our Influence. 8:9-10
9 But be careful that this right of yours in no way becomes a stumbling block to the weak. 10 For if
somebody sees you, the one who has this knowledge, dining in an idol's temple, won't his weak conscience
be encouraged to eat food offered to idols?
B. Brotherly Concern Not . . Wounding A Weaker Christian. 8:11-13
11 Then the weak person, the brother for whom Christ died, is ruined by your knowledge. 12 Now when you sin like this against the brothers and wound their weak conscience, you are sinning against Christ.
13 Therefore, if food causes my brother to fall, I will never again eat meat, so that I won't cause my brother
to fall. HCSB
C. Brotherly Concern . . Working Toward Helping Others. 1 Cor 10:23-25
23 "Everything is permissible," but not everything is helpful. "Everything is permissible," but not
everything builds up. 24 No one should seek his own good, but the good of the other person. HCSB
When we practice a concern for others in Christ we will watch how we might influence others. Our
liberties must not be use so freely they would hurt others. Some times a new or less mature weaker Christian may be wounded by the nonchalant behavior of a stronger Christian. As we realize we influence one another we will do our best to influence all Christians, and others, to seek the good of the Christian community. Jesus said by our love for one another the world would know we are His disciples. In the church I now pastor some people have joined with us simply because the appreciated the loving atmosphere. It is a pleasure to know that quality comes forth from our fellowship. I believe our brotherly concern shows.
3. I Can Make My Decisions From A . . Broad Evangelistic Concern. 1 Cor. 9:19-23
A. A Broad Evangelistic Concerns demonstrates A . . Choice To win others. 9:19
19 For although I am free from all people, I have made myself a slave to all, in order to win more people.
B. A Broad Evangelistic Concerns demonstrates A . . Chameleon Philosophy. 9:19
20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law—though I myself am not under the law—to win those under the law. 21 To those who are outside the law, like one outside the law—not being outside God's law, but under the law of Christ—to win those outside the law.
22 To the weak I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I
may by all means save some.
C. A Broad Evangelistic Concerns demonstrates A . . Coworker Philosophy. 9:19
23 Now I do all this because of the gospel, that I may become a partner in its benefits. HCSB
Paul definitely expressed a broad evangelistic concern for all the people in his day. He chose to make himself a witness to all people groups so he might win some to Christ. He demonstrated a chameleon philosophy as he did this witnessing attempting to become all things to win all peoples, and that makes a great example for all of us. He demonstrated a chameleon philosophy as he made himself obedient to Christ. Paul saw his witness as that of a cooworker in these attempts to share the good news. His goal remained to win others to Christ. That needs to be the goal of all Christians.
4. I Can Make My Decisions With A . . Bent Towards God’s Glory. 1 Cor. 10:31-11:1
A. The Bent Towards God’s Glory Includes . . Food and Drinks. 10:31
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God's glory.
B. The Bent Towards God’s Glory Includes . . Fellowship. 10:32-33
32 Give no offense to the Jews or the Greeks or the church of God, 33 just as I also try to please all people in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.
C. The Bent Towards God’s Glory Includes . . Flattery. 11:1
11 Be imitators of me, as I also am of Christ.
If the bent of my life is to please God in everything I do; I will also please many others. People have convictions about certain drinks and foods. If my eating or drinking offends another I should eliminate those foods or drinks. The fellowship I have with people ought not exclude certain kinds of people. I may very well need to watch more mature Christians and imitate their actions as I learn. Today I carry evangelistic tracts because our former, state evangelism director, George Worrel gave a good example of carrying tracts. Hopefully all of us are interested in doing more and will ask many, What Can I Do? Amen? Amen