I CORINTHIANS 9 - Answer key
 

Observation Part

1. How does Paul meet the qualifications of an apostle described in Acts 1:22? (verse 1) HE SAW THE RESURRECTED JESUS CHRIST

2. In what ways was Paul Free?

    a. (verse 4) HE WAS FREE TO EAT ALL FOODS

    b. (verse 5) HE WAS FREE TO MARRY OR NOT IN THE LORD

    c. (verse 6) HE WAS FREE TO WORK OR NOT AS THE SITUATION REQUIRED IT

3. Verse 14 describes an important principle in this chapter. How is the principle supported by common experience? (verse 7) SOLDIERS, FARMERS AND PASTORS LIVE FROM THEIR SERVICE

    How is this principle supported by Scripture? (verse 9) FORM DEUTERONOMY 25:4 "DO NOT MUZZLE AN OX"

4. What was Paul's financial expectation from laboring with the Corinthians? (verse 15-17) HE BROUGHT THE GOSPEL WITHOUT ANY EXPECTATION OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT FROM THEM

5. What was Paul's greatest objective for other people? (verse 22) TO SAVE SOME

6. What was Paul's greatest objective for himself? (verse 23, 27) TO BE SURE OF HIS OWN SALVATION AND TO KEEP FROM SIN

Objective part

1.    T*    F    One important evidence of Paul's apostleship was the spiritual life of many members of the Corinthian church.

2. In what way did Peter and the other apostles of the Lord differ from Paul? THEY WERE MARRIED AND PAUL WAS NOT

3. The principle that a minister may partake of physical support from those to whom he ministers is supported in two ways, from EXPERIENCE AND COMMON SENSE

    and from THE WORD OF GOD

4. Paul did not take physical support from the Corinthians because:

a) He did not need it since he trusted God for his day to day needs.

b) Taking money from them would be merchandising the Gospel.

c)* He knew some people would use his acceptance of that support to discredit the gospel.

d) He did not deserve it because he was never around Corinth.

5.    T*    F    Paul felt obligated to preach the gospel.

6. Verses 20-22 teach:

a) It is best to be all things to all men to gain their friendship before we can witness to them.

b) We must imitate the lifestyle of those to whom we are witnessing in order to gain their confidence.

c)* We must look for a point of common experience with those to whom we witness.

7.    T    F*    Paul meant in verse 23 that he would partake in the blessings of salvation with the Corinthians only if he was an effective witness to others.

8.    T*    F    We must have as much interest in our own salvation as in the salvation of others.

9.    T    F*    The incorruptible crown mentioned in verse 25 is the special extra blessing faithful ministers get at Judgment Day for a job well done.

10 The main message of Verse 27 is:

a) That Paul was concerned about losing his salvation if he were to indulge the lusts of his body.

b) That Paul realized certain physical exercises were helpful to avoid a sinful life.

c) That a person can become less useful to the Lord if his personal life is not in order.

d)* That involvement in a Christian ministry is no substitute for salvation.

Short answer

Write an answer to ONE of the following questions or requests. The answer must not be longer than one paragraph.

A. Why was Paul motivated to refuse material support from the Corinthian church? Of what did the church accuse him for refusing support? PAUL DID NOT WANT THEM TO THINK THAT HE WAS BRINGING THE GOSPEL FOR SOME PERSONAL FINANCIAL GAIN. SOME ACCUSED HIM OF NOT DESERVING OR BEING QUALIFIED TO RECEIVE ANY MATERIAL SUPPORT.

B. To what extent ought a Christian become like those to whom he is trying to witness. What possible advantages and dangers are there for a Christian and his message with such identification? HE SHOULD LOOK FOR SOMETHING THAT HE HAS HONESTLY IN COMMON WITH THE PERSON AND BRING THAT OUT IN HIS WITNESS. HE MUST NOT MAKE HIS IDENTIFICATION IMPLY WHAT HE APPROVES OF ANY UNSCRIPTURAL THOUGHTS OR BEHAVIOR.

Essay

Write an answer to the following question or request. Limit your essay to two pages double spaced typed. Support your statements and conclusions with quotes from the Bible and analysis of Chapter 9.

Many Gospel Ministries employ persons full-time who do not support themselves independently of the ministry in which they work but receive full-time wages from that ministry. How does this accord with the Will of God expressed in chapter 9? IT IS O.K., ESPECIALLY IF THE MINISTRY IS FAITHFUL AND THEY ARE INDIVIDUALLY FAITHFUL

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