Daniel Fast 2023

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Message Text

1 Corinthians 10:23-33

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. Eat anything sold in the meat market without raising questions of conscience, for, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” If an unbeliever invites you to a meal and you want to go, eat whatever is put before you without raising questions of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, both for the sake of the one who told you and for the sake of conscience. I am referring to the other person’s conscience, not yours. For why is my freedom being judged by another’s conscience? If I take part in the meal with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of something I thank God for? So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

1 Corinthians 11:1

Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.

Message Notes

1. Step 1. Be an example to follow

You are already influencing people, more than you probably know. The question is what type of influence are we having? Paul was willingly living his life in a way that he was not afraid to ask people to follow along. He was following the example of Christ.

2. Step 2. Live for the benefit of others.

For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.

Phil 2:3 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,

Romans 12:10 10 Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.

Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33 even as I try to please everyone in every way.

Paul willingly gave up some of his freedoms in order to advance the Gospel

3. Step 3. Live to Glorify God.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

Matt 5:16 let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Jesus came, not to flaunt His rights as the Son of God but to lay them down to bring glory to the Father.

Connect Group Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever considered your life as something someone else could follow?
  2. If someone was following, where do you think you would be leading them?
  3. Is living for the benefit of someone else a difficult goal to accomplish in our culture.
  4. Have you ever considered giving up a freedom for the benefit of others?
  5. Give an example of someone giving up a freedom for others and how it effects our society?
  6. Have you ever considered the idea that everything you do could be done for the glory of God?