1 Corinthians 9:1-23: The Authority of an Apostle

In the Bible, Paul is a self-proclaimed apostle. An apostle is a religious messenger or ambassador by divine appointment. Through this study, we can examine elements of Paul's life and encorporate them into our own witness to others.

Read 1 Corinthians 9:1-23

1. On what/who does Paul's authority as an apostle lie?

2. What two issues (rights) is Paul illustrating?

3. Why does Paul choose not to use his rights?

4. Paul says he is free; yet chooses to make himself a slave. Why? How?

5. Do you have any rights? Have you ever become under the law, without the law, or weak for the sake of the gospel? If so, have you received any blessings?

6. What good things might a runner forsake during training?

7. Have you or could you integrate in your life certain training disciplines or costs for the sake of the people you serve?


-- from Student Training in Missions Manual, 1992.

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1 Corinthians 9:1-23

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