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he apostle Paul spent almost two years in Corinth establishing the church and serving as its first senior pastor. The congregation grew spiritually, numerically and financially. God then directed Paul to move on to another area and after appointing his successor. As the years passed, great spiritual decline set in at Corinth. A letter was brought to Paul along with personal testimonies, informing him of Corinth=s problems and asking for directions in those matters. This letter is the response to those inquiries. One of the concerns at Corinth was the privileges and responsibilities of the senior minister. 9:1-15 addresses those privileges and verses 16-27 addresses his responsibilities. Consider what the Holy Spirit said to the church at Corinth and realize that these sayings are equally applicable to us today.
1. He must glorify God and not himself – vs 16
2. He must preach the Word of God – vs 16
3. He must surrender his will to God’s will – vs 17
4. He must preach for souls and not personal gain – vs 18
5. He must be disciplined and accountable – vs 18
1. He must serve with a sense of obligation – vs 19.
2. He must serve with compassion for all men-vs 20-22.
3. He must be versatile and growing in his skills – vs 20-22.
4. He must serve with God’s priorities – vs 23.
1. He must serve with judgement in view – vs 24.
2. He must serve with the Scripture in view – vs 25.
3. He must serve with others in view – vs 26-27.
The minister is obligated to preach God’s Word, to serve all people and to live godly in all situations.
What then are the responsibilities of those to whom he ministers?
1. Receive the Word and obey it – James 1:22-25
2. Submit to his leadership – Hebrews 13:7; 17
3. Follow his Christ-like example – I Cor. 11:1
When the minister and the church unify with Christ-centered purposes and goals, God joins them together in a spiritual bond that is equivalent to a marriage. Marriages provide an environment for fruit to be borne of that relationship. God’s intended fruit is that unsaved persons receive Christ, their lives become transformed and that homes, families and communities become impacted for God’s glory. When we fulfill our obligations, God will always fulfill His.