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I Corinthians 9 Part 2–Flexibility and Discipline?!?

This is one of the most difficult lessons as a Christian.  Paul begins to describe how to be effective in ministry.  First, Paul explains that as Christians we need to be flexible and adaptive.  Paul, in short, says for us as the chosen to “read the room”.  If we start with the principle that it cannot be about us, then, it becomes less difficult to approach people where they are and win them to Christ.  

Some people are structured and rigorous.  They need a clear presentation with the value clearly explained.  Others are relational and need to know how much you care in order for them to “care” about how much that you know.  Some people come from a difficult journey and need to know about God’s redemption and restoration.  Others are knowledgeable about God but need to understand about relationship with Him.

We cross paths with many people with all forms of baggage and needs. That is why christians must be disciplined to make Christ the focus and love people where they are without judgement or arrogance.  When we walk faithfully with Christ, we become like Him.  That discipline makes us more kind, more open, and ready to draw people to Christ.

We do not excuse sin or even ignore it.  We, instead separate the people from the problem and love them through their baggage and sin.  As they come to know the Lord, He then changes their hearts and deals with the baggage and issues.  They need to know that there are moral absolutes and following the Lord helps to lovingly define life and its challenges.

We remain disciplined in sharing the truth in love and not judging or excluding broken folks from relationship with a God that restores and redeems all that are lost.

God Bless You

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

The Need for Self-Discipline

24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27 No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.


This is an amazing Journey. I hope you will hear from the Lord, as you seek Him with your heart. Matthew 6:33

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