“We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science, or what. All the thirteen Wild Boars are now out of the cave. Everyone is safe.” Those are the words from one of the Thailand Navy SEALs who made a recent rescue of a youth soccer team.
A daring 18-day rescue mission in a flooded Thailand cave saved all 12 trapped boys and their soccer coach. However, it claimed the life of an experienced volunteer diver and captivated the world.
Some may question the risk of the rescue. But I am sure if it were our child at the bottom of the cave, our attitude would be “whatever it takes.” The cost of the mission is alway worth the value of the object. In evaluating the cost of rescuing men and women from sin, Paul’s attitude was “whatever it takes.” Even at the cost of his own rights, Paul was willing to make that sacrifice.
This Sunday is the second message in a three-part sermon series called: Gray Areas – Finding Truth when Life isn’t Black and White. In Paul’s day, eating meat that had been offered to idols was a gray issue. In 1 Corinthians 8, Paul recognized that it was okay for Corinthian believers to eat meat that had been offered to idols. However, if it would cause a weaker Christian to sin against his conscience, love should compel a believer to not eat the meat.
This week, my message is “Whatever It Takes” from 1 Corinthians 9. Paul presents himself as a living illustration of the principle to give up rights for others. He explains his ministry and his decision to not receive a salary from the Corinthian church so more people could become Christians. We will discover principles about ministry and unselfishness to reach the world with the Gospel. Jesus’ attitude to save the world was, ‘whatever it takes‘, even His life.
Join us this Sunday @ 10:30 a.m.