That was Then, This is Now: Many Hats

1 Corinthians 9:16-22

16For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! 17For if I do this of my own will, I have a reward, but if not of my own will, I am still entrusted with a stewardship. 18What then is my reward? That in my preaching I may present the gospel free of charge, so as not to make full use of my right in the gospel.  19For though I am free from all, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win more of them. 20To the Jews I became as a Jew, in order to win Jews. To those under the law I became as one under the law (though not being myself under the law) that I might win those under the law. 21To those outside the law I became as one outside the law (not being outside the law of God but under the law of Christ) that I might win those outside the law. 22To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people, that by all means I might save some.

1 Corinthians 11:1 Paul writes: Be imitators of me, as I am [an imitator] of Christ.

First question: _________________________________________________?

Second question: ________________________________________________?

If this [eternal punishment] is a minor part of your thought world, if you don’t think about this very much, then it will be hard for you to feel the sense of sorrow and urgency that Paul felt for lost people around him.”                  ~ John Piper

That Was Then – This Is Now: Sacrifice

YOUR STORY is one of the MOST POWERFUL TOOLS YOU HAVE  in persuading others to follow Jesus. 

There is supposed to be a difference between WHO YOU ONCE WERE and WHO YOU ARE NOW.

 The key to living the life God wants for us is ___________________________.

Romans 12:1

I appeal to you… by the mercies of God


to present your bodies as a living sacrifice

A sacrifice is giving up _________________________________ for the sake of


No sacrifice (regardless of it’s value or worth) is ______________________________.

If it’s not ________________________________________________ then it’s ________________________________________.


holy and acceptable to God


which is your spiritual worship

Sacrifice is actually supposed to be __________________________________.

Mark 8:34-35

Luke 6:38 “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

That Was Then This Is Now: My Story, My Song

There is supposed to be a difference between


Ephesians 5:8  “for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.  Walk as children of the light…”

Acts 21:39 – 22:21

Acts 26:9-29

 Notice the “pattern” when Paul tells his story:

That Was Then

I Encountered Jesus

This Is Now

 _______________________ is one of the __________________________

_________________________________ in persuading others to follow Jesus. 

 Time for sharing your story of becoming a follower of Jesus…

 Psalm 35:28 ISV “My tongue will declare your righteousness and praise you all day long.”