Sermon Series: 1 Corinthians
Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Sermon Title: Stumbling Blocks
Daily Devotional Guide
He's the head coach. He calls the shots. He can do as he pleases. And he is quick to take advantage of those privileges.
The coach prides himself on a strong running game. He has had great success having his quarterback hand the ball off to his running back almost every play. It's gotten him to where he is today. Why stop now?
But there's one problem.
The all-world running back is hurt. And to make matters worse, the backups aren't ready to carry the load of the team's injured star. The quarterback is more than capable of throwing the ball to the team's talented receivers. But that's not what got the coach so many wins. He wins by running the ball. And so run the ball he did.
And his team was soundly defeated.
The coach had the freedom to design the game plan and call whatever plays he wanted whenever he wanted. But he forgot that just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do something. He completely ignored a weakness of the team and it was costly.
In this week's passage, we are reminded of the freedom that is ours in Christ. But Paul gives us a helpful word of warning. "Take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block." In other words, just because you can do something doesn't mean you should do it.
The kingdom we belong to should always take precedence over the freedoms we enjoy. "Can I do this?" is a good question to ask. "Is this good for God's kingdom?" is an even better question. Just because we can do something doesn't mean that we should.
Monday - 1 Samuel 4
Tuesday - 1 Samuel 5
Wednesday - 1 Samuel 6
Thursday - 1 John 4:1-21
Friday - 1 John 5:1-21
Saturday - 1 Corinthians 9
Sunday - 1 Corinthians 10