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February 4th 2018 "Being All Things to All People for the Gospel’s sake” Rev Paul Douglas Walfall
February 4, 2018
Rev. Paul Douglas Walfall
Isaiah 40: 21 – 31 1 Corinthians 9: 16 - 23

Isaiah 40: 21 – 31 ~

21 Have you not known? Have you not heard?     Has it not been told you from the beginning?     Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? 22 It is he who sits above the circle of the earth,     and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,     and spreads them like a tent to live in; 23 who brings princes to naught,     and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing.

24 Scarcely are they planted, scarcely sown,     scarcely has their stem taken root in the earth, when he blows upon them, and they wither,     and the tempest carries them off like stubble.

25 To whom then will you compare me,     or who is my equal? says the Holy One. 26 Lift up your eyes on high and see:     Who created these? He who brings out their host and numbers them,     calling them all by name; because he is great in strength,     mighty in power,     not one is missing.

27 Why do you say, O Jacob,     and speak, O Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord,     and my right is disregarded by my God”? 28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary;     his understanding is unsearchable. 29 He gives power to the faint,     and strengthens the powerless. 30 Even youths will faint and be weary,     and the young will fall exhausted; 31 but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength,     they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary,     they shall walk and not faint.

1 Corinthians 9: 16 - 23 ~ 

16 If I proclaim the gospel, this gives me no ground for boasting, for an obligation is laid on me, and woe to me if I do not proclaim the gospel! 17 For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward; but if not of my own will, I am entrusted with a commission. 18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in my proclamation I may make the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my rights in the gospel.

19 For though I am free with respect to all, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I might win more of them. 20 To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though I myself am not under the law) so that I might win those under the law. 21 To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law) so that I might win those outside the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, so that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that I might by all means save some. 23 I do it all for the sake of the gospel, so that I may share in its blessings.

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