1 Corinthians Bible Study Recap | 11/19/2014

Hi everyone, hope you all had a great Thanksgiving week.  Hang in there, it’s almost Winter Break!  But in the meantime, we can enjoy the time we have left by getting in to the Word with our Bible Studies.  This past week of Bible Studies was already our second to the last one of the semester; amazing how time flies!  We went over chapter 9 which is a continuation of the matter of caring for the brothers and sisters brought up in chapter 8.  In the first half of chapter 9, Paul says that as an apostle, he has a right to be taken care of by and to eat and drink on behalf of the other believers.  However, even though he has this right, he doesn’t take advantage of this privilege because he cares for the feelings and desires of the other believers.  In the second half, Paul talks about preaching the gospel and the Christian life as race.  Whether we are ones who like to preach the gospel or don’t like to do so, we must realize that we as believers and enjoyers have been entrusted with a stewardship (1 Cor. 9:17) and that speaking forth Christ as the gospel is something we should and have to be doing.  The Bible studies enjoyed in particular this matter of a race, because like the Christian life, a race is not easy and requires much endurance.  However, it was so awesome to see that the best and only way to run the race is the look away from all the things of the world that distract us and towards Christ (Hebrews 12:2), focusing on the prize that awaits us when we finish this race.  Lord, keep us looking away towards you!

-Tim T.