by Stuart Briscoe

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The Stewardship of Message (5 of 6)
Series: Stewardship
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 4:1; 9:22-23

If stewardship is the management and utilization of resources belonging to another, the Church as a whole and individual Christians need to recognize their privilege and responsibility in rightly handling the gospel. Paul spoke seriously about this subject.

I. Clarity of Vision.

''That by all possible means I might save some...'' 1 Corinthians 9:22
''I do all this for the sake of the gospel...'' 1 Corinthians 9:23

A. The communication of the gospel.

1. The message of the cross. 1 Corinthians 1:17-18

a. Foolishness to the perishing.

b. Power to those being saved.

2. Demonstration of the Spirit's power. 1 Corinthians 2:4

a. New insight-''that we may understand...'' 1 Corinthians 2:12

b. New status-''washed, the Spirit.'' 1 Corinthians 6:11

c. New lifestyle-''temple of the Holy Spirit.'' 1 Corinthians 6:19

B. The salvation of people.

1. Past salvation-looking backward thankfully.

2. Present salvation-looking inward constantly.

3. Future salvation-looking forward earnestly.

II. Flexibility of Approach.

A. Flexible attitudes.

''To win as many as possible.'' 1 Corinthians 9:19

1. I'm free (9:1), ...I belong to no man (9:19) but...

2. I'm an apostle (9:1), ...I have my rights (9:12, 15) but...

B. Flexible approach.

1. ''I have become all things...''

a. By making personal adjustments. 1 Corinthians 9:20 22

b. By accepting personal inconveniences. 1 Corinthians 9:12

2. ''To all men...''

a. Different socio economic background. 1 Corinthians 1:26

b. Different personal preferences. 1 Corinthians 1:10 12

c. Different spiritual conditions. 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:9f

d. Different emotional make up.

3. ''By all possible means...''

a. ''I try to please everybody in every way...'' 1 Corinthians 10:33

b. ''I am not seeking my own good...''

c. ''But the good of many.. ...

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