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:

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(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.

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