Contextualising the Gospel with our Lives

Date of talk: 
Sunday, 14 February 2016
Paul Harrison
Bible verse: 
1 Corinthians 9:19-23

On Sunday we continued our series ‘Father to the Fatherless’ by looking at how we contextualise the gospel with our lives from 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.  In this passage we saw how Paul used the great freedom he enjoyed through the gospel to become ‘a servant to all’ in order to make the gospel open, available and appealing to those he was seeking to reach, in order that they may share in the blessings of the gospel (v.23).  We looked through Acts and Galatians at how Paul did this and then thought about some practical examples for what this could mean for us, such as using cultural language and narratives, cultural customs and practices, every day normal life like eating meals and going to social events and seeking God for wisdom on any areas that could be obstacles to people in receiving the gospel.

For discussion: 

Here are some questions to help discussions in your small groups this week.  Feel free to use any or all of them or to think of your own:

  1. What spoke to you / challenged you / encouraged you from Sunday’s sermon?
  2. Who are the people in your context?  What ways could you use to be deliberate in reaching out to them?
  3. Why don’t you spend some time praying for one another, for the people in your context and for the boldness to be deliberate in reaching out to them.

Let’s take adventurous steps of faith that many would come to share in the blessings of the gospel!