THEME: Be One Of Them
1 Corinthians 9:19–22:
19 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 might save some.
MESSAGE: Chriatian life involves both freedom and discipline. The Paul’s life mission were centered on glorifying God and bringing people to Jesus. Paul is telling us to talk to people on their level to “SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE.” Walk their walk. Talk their talk while remaining within the laws of God, of course or not being transformed by their world. To become more effective at helping others, Paul looked at things from THEIR PERSPECTIVE. He became “ONE OF THEM” in order for them to understand him. Paul gives us some of the practical important principles we can use as we are bringing people to Jesus and Disciple them: (A) Take time to find common ground with the person/group of people/nation/culture you are targeting to bring to Jesus and Disciple (B) Try by all means to avoid a know it all attitude. People are different and you can not know their world fully. spend quantity and quality time to learn/discover their world in order for you to be effective in sharing Jesus with them. (C) Be intentional to make a person or people group you want to bring to Jesus and Disciple to feel loved and accepted while they are still in their world (D) Pay attention and be sensitive to needs and concerns of people you want to bring to Jesus and Disciple (E) Prayerfully and patiently look for opportunities to bring this person or people of your target to Jesus and make them obedience based Disciple and mobilize them to continue with the disciple making movement. Be willing to give up your rights and comforts for the sake of bringing more people to Jesus and make them obedience based Disciples who will Disciple others in turn. Be one of them
Pray in line with the today’s key verse or revelation/discoveries and more as the Spirit leads. Pray for protection and grace as you are entering the worlds of people with an intentional mission of winning them for Jesus without being changed or transformed by their world. When are you going to start? Start today and now through God’s power and grace all will go well with you to His glory. He will do it through you! Be willing! Be one of them without equally yoked with them.