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The M Word: My Body

The M Word: My Body (week 2)
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My Body: Sportsmanlike Conduct

1 Corinthians 9:19-27

1. Win! (By giving up)

v. 19 – “For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them.” 

A. Win the religious

v. 20 – “To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law.”

B. Win the regular man

v. 21: “To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law.”

C. Win the weak man

v. 22: “To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak.”

1 Cor. 8:12: “if what I eat causes my brother or sister to fall into sin, I will never eat meat again…”

1 Corinthians 9:12: Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ.

v. 23: I do it all for the sake of the gospel, that I may share with them in its blessings.

2. Run to win

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A. Athletic awareness

verse 24: Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. 

B. Self control

verse 25: “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.”

verse 27: “But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”

Romans 12:1: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.”

C. Aim for the prize

verses 25-26: “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air.”

Questions:

  • Do you run your rights through the filter of the Gospel? Or do you typically choose the most convenient option?
  • How does the Gospel speak to the way you view your body? 
  • Besides self-control, what are other ways you could use your body as an instrument of worship for the Lord this week? 
  • How would your week look different if you ran solely focused on the reward from Jesus?