1. Remember the goal: Lost people finding salvation in Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:16-17)
2. Find confidence in Christ alone. (1 Peter 1:13)
3. Refuse to compromise your convictions. (1 Peter 1:14-16)
4. Willingly compromise your comfort. (1 Corinthians 9:19-23)
How do these principles apply to real life?
As Christ-followers our heart and passion must be for the lost to find Jesus
In the following passages the apostle Paul is writing about the gospel. In these verses we get to see the definition, the power and the centrality of the gospel.
1. Read 1 Corinthians 15:1-5. Based on these verses, how would you define the gospel?
2. Read Romans 1:16-17. How would you describe Paul’s attitude or mood in these verses? What is Paul’s opinion of the gospel? What does the gospel have the power to do? How does one tap into the power of the gospel? Who is the gospel for? How does your life demonstrate or fail to demonstrate a belief similar to Paul’s in the power of the gospel?
3. Read 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. To whom does Paul make himself a servant? Why is Paul willing to make himself a servant to so many people? What does Paul mean when he says, “I have become all things to all people”? How do you think Paul knew when he had gone far enough in becoming “all things to all people”? What do you learn about Paul’s heart for those who don’t know Christ? How would you compare or contrast your attitude with Paul’s concerning serving others who need to hear the gospel? What keeps you from becoming “all things to all people”?
4. So what? Based on these verses, what should your attitude and your goal be with those of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community? What prevents you from reaching out to this community with the gospel? What prevents you from reaching out to any non-Christian with the gospel?