Summary: The believer’s freedom - 1 Corinthians chapter 10 verse 21 to chapter 11 verse 1 - sermon by Gordon Curley PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
(A). Principles to Apply:
Principle #1: Edification is more important than our personal gratification (vs 23):
Principle #2: Freedom expresses itself in serving other people. (vs 24):
Principle #3: Liberty will triumph over legalism (vs 25-27):
Principle #4: Self-sacrifice wins over condemnation (vs 28-30):
(B). A Motto to Live By:
Motivation #1: To glorify God (vs 31).
Motivation #2: To encourage and not stumble other Christians (vs 32-33a)
Motivation #3: To win the lost! (vs 33b)
• The story is told of a famous golfer;
• Who was invited by the king of Saudi Arabia to play in a golf tournament.
• He accepted the invitation,
• And the king flew his private jet over to the United States to pick up the pro.
• They played golf for several days, and enjoyed a good time.
• As the golfer was getting on the plane to return to the U.S.,
• The king stopped him and said,
• “I want to give you a gift for coming all this way and making this time so special.
• Anything you want. What could I get you?
• Ever the gentleman, the golfer replied,
• “Oh, please; don’t get me anything. You’ve been a gracious host.
• I’ve had a wonderful time. I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
• But the king was adamant. He said,
• “No, I insist on giving you something;
• So you will always remember your visit to our country. “
• When the golfer realized that the king was resolute,
• He said, “Okay, fine. I collect golf clubs. Why don’t you give me a golf club?”
• He boarded the plane, and on his flight back home,
• He couldn’t help wondering what kind of golf club the king might give him.
• He imagined that it might be a solid gold putter with his name engraved on it.
• Or maybe it would be a sand wedge studded with diamonds and jewels.
• After all, this would be a gift from the oil-rich king of Saudi Arabia.
• When the golfer got home,
• He forgot all about the present until several weeks later,
• When he received a certified letter from the king of Saudi Arabia.
• The U.S. Professional thought that rather strange.
• Where’s my golf club? He wondered.
• He opened the envelope, and to his surprise,
• Inside he discovered a deed to a five hundred acre golf course in America.
• TRANSITION: Sometimes kings think differently to you and me!
• When the king and the golfer thought about the gift,
• The golfer could not grasp the kind of gift the king had in mind.
• Their minds were both on different levels.
When it comes to ‘freedom’ people think differently!
• Freedom is the most sought after commodity.
• Yet it has an elusive quality about it.
• When you don't have it you want it!
• When you do have it, you can very easily not value it.
• Remember that freedom is not free!
• There is always a price to be paid.