Daily Bread Devotional Bible Study
The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians
Bible Doubt Bible Study
Biblical Doubt in the Bible
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Daily Bread study program. This is
our very intriguing Bible Doubt - Doubt Bible study looking into
Biblical Doubt in the Bible. The absolutely excellent message will
truly bring a smile to the lips and heart and shine the LIGHT of
Truth upon your be-YOU-tiful Christian walk path.
Bible Doubt Bible Study Truth
Biblical Doubt in the Bible Quest
It is always nice to have you back with us at Daily Bread! Ready to
share more of Paul's letter? Great! Remember when we left off, Paul
was answering some questions that the Corinthians had asked him in a
letter or letters of their own.
Just as in every society, there are those who will question the
authority of the leaders and it seems that it's been brought to
Paul's attention that some people were in doubt of some of his
methods or teachings.
Unfortunately, we only get to know Paul's character through his
writings, but as captivating as they are, you can only imagine what
Paul's personality was like when he was sharing the Word in person.
Paul's first letter to the Corinthians is only the second of fourteen
letters that are included in the Bible with Paul's own testimony and
you've already experienced many different emotions of his. You've
seen that his tactics are effective and most importantly, you can't
escape the Truth in what he says.
Bible Doubt Bible Study Facts
Biblical Doubt in the Bible Journey
Paul certainly didn't care how he brought lost sheep to the Lord, as
long as he brought them. If your own child was kidnapped and
returned, you wouldn't ask of he who brought the child home what the
rescue plan was, you'd just be grateful that your precious child was
home safe and out of harms way.
It appears that the Lord didn't question Paul's manner because He
continued providing His Holy Spirit to Paul which was visible not
only in his words but in the miracles that were performed through Him
But, as I said before, there are doubters in every crowd, and there
were bound to be those who would raise their eyebrows at Paul's ways.
You read in the Gospels
how the Pharisees persistently and relentlessly questioned Jesus'
motives, so you must know that Paul expected the same treatment. In
fact, if you're a Christian, spreading the Word of God, you know
first hand that people will examine whatever you say and question the
authenticity of your every word.
Our credibility is tested not only in our words, but by our actions
as well. This is to be expected as all are to check the fruits ...
12:33 and to prove all things 1
Bible Doubt Bible Study Lesson
Biblical Doubt in the Bible Concern
Paul, you'll find was a tremendously patient man. Imagine, doing all
you could for your flock, loving them, devoting your life to them.
After all, Paul was a tent-maker, he could have been pretty well off
one would think, if he hadn't surrendered all to follow Jesus. At
that time, tents were peoples' homes. In today's world, he might be
the equivalent of a home-builder.
It's probably a safe bet that he didn't answer to anyone in his
profession, and he might have achieved an "upper class" income level
financially speaking, if he were to pursue his career.
Now, imagine, you give all that up for the love of Jesus, you forfeit
having a wife and children so you can devote all of your time effort
and energy to serving the Lord, you go on journeys that take years to
complete, you're persecuted verbally, stoned, whipped, mobbed, etc.,
etc., etc., by unbelieving Jews (your own people) and Greeks that had
a separate god for every aspect of life, but now, to top that off,
people of your own congregation are questioning whether or not you're
a fraud because of rumors. These were false brethren within the
Bible Doubt Bible Study Discussion
Biblical Doubt in the Bible Warning
I must point out that though there were problems in Corinth, the
church there was considered a huge success. To take a people from the
blatant heathenism that they practiced there, introduce Christianity
and start a church was not an easy task by any means whatsoever.
Not only did Paul surrender what most wouldn't, but to avoid feeling
obligated to anyone, he practiced tent-making while he was
sojourning. But really, what rights did the other apostles have that
Paul shouldn't? Their faith alone ... Their conversion was a sign of
his true apostleship.
It's nothing new for a minister of the Lord to be treated with
ungratefulness in return for good works and compassionate service
among his own congregation. Oft times they will deny themselves for
the good of others, stretching themselves far beyond the edge of the
cliff to save a soul in danger, yet what respect do they get in
return? It's nothing new for faithful followers of the Lord to meet
with the worst treatment where they might expect the best.
Bible Doubt Bible Study Research
Biblical Doubt in the Bible Danger
Paul probably spent more time helping the people of Corinth than
anywhere else. Paul had the right to claim what was needful for
himself and his family if he had any, from the church, without
setting aside his ministry to get it. But Paul gave up that right,
rather than jeopardize his success by requesting it.
He always provided for himself to avoid any kind of misunderstandings,
accusations or questions of his worthiness or credibility, or
anything that would take attention away from his mission of
delivering the Word. It is the congregation's obligation to support
their shepherd. He may graciously decline it, as Paul, but those who
neglect to give due support that he is entitled, ignore the teaching
of Jesus Christ.
Bible Doubt Bible Study on Paul
Biblical Doubt in the Bible Fear
I ask you now to read 1
Corinthians 9:1-17 straight from the Bible, reflecting on Paul's
position and putting yourself in the same position. If you were a
preacher or a minister, how would you feel, after you pour your heart
and soul into your shepherding, if people within your flock called
you a fraud, and you felt like you had to support yourself and your
family with a side job so that you wouldn't feel weird about
So, where does Paul get his peace of mind? With such opposition,
where does a shepherd find gratification in ministry? He denies
himself. He goes above and beyond the call of duty because his love
for the author of the book he sells ... The Gospel of Jesus Christ
... Is so strong that he can't fathom not doing everything humanly
possible for the cause and he hopes that by denying himself, he can
win all the more souls for the Lord.
1 Corinthians 9:19-22
19 For though I be free from all men, yet have I made
myself servant unto all, that I might gain the more.
20 And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain
the Jews; to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I
might gain them that are under the law;
21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being
not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might
gain them that are without law.
22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the
weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save
Bible Doubt Bible Study Debate
Biblical Doubt in the Bible Trouble
That isn't to say he became Jewish ... Paul was in fact Jewish ...
But he became as a Jew, as under the law, as
without law, as weak ... In other words chameleon lizarding
himself to all without compromising his own innocence and belief in
order to present the Gospel to them and reach them without offending
Paul then likens Christianity to a race ... Which the Corinthians
could certainly relate to since Olympic games originated in Greece in
the ancient times. But in a worldly race, only one can win, whereas
the prize that we run for in Christianity is to master our own self
control in all things. Paul continues to say that he's not fighting
for a cause without knowing what he's aiming for and makes it a point
in his lifestyle ... Uses every skill he has to assure that he wins.
Bible Doubt Bible Study Conclusion
Biblical Doubt in the Bible Summary
So, some people may have thought that Paul was a fraud, but he had
his reasons for acting as he did. He didn't run without a goal, but
he had purpose and did what he had to do when he preached to others,
to guarantee the win.
It is God's Children that are kidnapped by the worldly ... It is the
task of the Shepherd to return these children to their Father. Will
the Father ask HOW the shepherd returned His child when the child is
safe at home? Paul became as the chameleon lizard to reach the lost.
They are now home.
I hope you're enjoying this letter from Paul as much as I am. Can't
wait for you to hurry back and study through another chapter, right
here at Daily Bread.
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New Testament Daily Bread
There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
How to Prepare for Spiritual Warfare