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That by All Means I Might Win Some

On faithfulness and flexibility in gospel proclamation. To what degree should we adapt to the beliefs and practices of the culture of those who do not know Christ in order to reach them for Christ? An exposition of 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

1 Corinthians 9:19-23 says:

Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I am myself not under the law), so as to win those under the law. To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God's law but am under Christ's law), so as to win those not having the law. To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

In 1998, in a journal called Evangelical Missions Quarterly (Volume 34), there appeared a short article, two pages, called, "The C1 to C6 Spectrum, a Practical Tool for Defining Six Types of Christ-Centered Communities." The name of the author was John Travis. The name was, in fact, a ...

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Gareth Tonnessen

December 28, 2009  2:37pm

This is a clear presentation to avoid the pitfalls of becoming caught up in either the new culture or the old. The focus on the messenger's flexibility versus that of the Gospel itself is important. It puts everything in perspective.

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