This week’s study is combining Murray’s last week and this week’s messages.

1. How To Win People To Christ.

Read 1 Corinthians 9:1-23.

A. Paul’s Motivation.

According to 1 Corinthians 9:16-17 what did Paul say his reason for preaching the good news was? See also Acts 26:12-23.

Do all Christians have the responsibility to share this good news? Share with each other your answer from what God’s Word says.

B. Paul’s Manner

 What does Paul say about the way he shared with others? Discuss the following points.

  • Flexibility.
  • Finding common ground.
  • His audience determined his manner.

How important are these? Give reasons for your answer(s)

People don’t Care How Much You Know Until They Know How Much You Care

 How important is it to spend time with people, get involved in their lives and share with them God’s love, care and compassion in the area of their need?

C. Paul’s Methods

Discuss Murray’s words….

In our daily living take a genuine interest in what other people are interested in and from their environment use common ground to turn it around to share something with them about Jesus Christ.

Read about how Paul used every day familiar examples to explain spiritual things.

1 Corinthians 9:7-10. Can you share with others in your group some examples of how Jesus did this?

 Be prepared to move from what some one knows to what they need to know.

 D. Paul’s Message

What is the content of the good news? Discuss the following points.

God wants the whole word to know that He loves each one and offers….

  • Forgiveness of sins.
  • Comfort to the hurting.
  • Assurance of eternal life.
  • Power to overcome.
  • Purpose for living.

How important is it for us to keep the message simple and uncomplicated?

What were the three things Paul said he shared with people according to 1 Corinthians 15?

  • 1 Corinthians 15:3-4.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:5-8.
  • 1 Corinthians 15:9-11.

When the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas “What must I do to be saved?” what was Paul’s simple answer? Acts 16:29-34.

How would you answer if you were asked the same question?

2. The Believer’s Race Of Life

Effective Christian service in The Race of Life requires Self Discipline and Personal sacrifice

 Read 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

A. Preparation

What are the points we read from God’s Word in the following passages?

  • What are the requirements? 1 Corinthians 9:25, 1 Timothy 4:7-8.
  • What did Jesus say the demands and costs of following him are? Matthew 16:24, 1 Corinthians 4:11-13.
  • What are among the things we need to know and instructions we need to follow? 1 Corinthians 9:24, 2 Timothy 2:5, 3:14.
  • What do these passages tell us about our spiritual food intake? 1 Peter 2:2-3, Hebrews 5:12.

B. Participation

What are the points Paul makes in 1 Corinthians 9:26-27?

  • We will never have success 100% of the time. What does Paul say about the attitude we should have regarding past defeats or victories? Philippians 3:13-14.
  • Where should our focus be? 1 Corinthians 9:25.
  • How should we aim to finish the Race of Life? 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

 3. Conclusion

 The Challenge.

As members of God’s Track Team in the Race of Life maintain Self Discipline, Selflessness and an Eternal focus as we go into the world’s arena and like an athlete let’s be committed as we seek to win others to Christ.


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