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1 Corinthians 9:1-23 - Paul Gives Up His Rights

1. Paul was not one of the original 12 apostles. Yet he calls himself an apostle. Is he justified in this? (Acts 9:15, 26:16-18, Gal 1:1, Romans 1:1, 11:13, 1 Cor 15:9)

2. In verse 2, Paul says if not one of the original twelve, he most certainly is an apostle to the Corinthians. What is the evidence for him saying this? (Acts 2:38)

3. Does your faith have an impact on others? Are you helping others to change their lives and grow spiritually? How (be specific)?

4. Jesus said to his disciples that they (and other workers) deserve their wages (Luke 10:7). What does this mean to you as a Christian and/or church member?

5. Sometimes church leaders abuse their right to receive support from members (and others). Give an example. How can we guard against this?

6. What does Paul mean by the adage from the Law of Moses, ďYou must not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grainĒ? (Duet 25:4)

7. In verses 16-18, Paul says he is compelled by God to preach the gospel. On a scale of 1 to 10, where are you? (1 = I donít share the gospel with others because Iím afraid or I donít know enough. 10 = I preach to anyone who will listen.)

8. Preaching the gospel was Paulís gift and calling and he couldnít stop preaching even if he wanted to. He was driven by the desire to do what God wanted, using his gifts for Godís glory. What special gifts has God given you? Are you motivated, like Paul, to honor God with your gifts? How (be specific)?

9. In verses 19-22 Paul says at times he lived like a Jew, other times he lived like a Gentile. In verse 22, he says, ďI have become all things to all men.Ē That sounds kind of wishy-washy, like he has no personal convictions. True?

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