by Ernest Easley

Our Circle of Concern
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Corinthians 9:19-27

Now with our bibles opened to 1 Corinthians 9 .. I want to speak to you about our church, our charge and our challenge as we think tonight about:

Our Circle of Concern

1 Corinthians 9.19-27

"19 For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel's sake, that I may be partaker of it with you. 24 Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. 25 And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 26 Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. 27 But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified."

The Apostle Paul was a strategist. He was constantly finding ways to reach people for Jesus. Jesus had reached out to him and he so lived to reach out to others.

You talk about "a circle of concern;" His circle of concern reached way beyond his reach! He was constantly encircling others into his circle of concern. He was consumed with concern!

Verse 22, "to the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."

No, we're not going to reach them all, but under God we must try to reach the some! Look a ...

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