Your Freedom Diet
How can you determine if something is right or wrong? What is the appropriate use of your freedom in Christ? Get your Bibles out and turn to the book of 1 Corinthians. Let’s start in chapter 6. We’re going to discover three principles, restated as questions, that will help you determine if a certain behavior is an appropriate use of your Christian liberty.
1. Is it good for me?
1 Corinthians 6:12
“All things are lawful for me” comes with qualifiers.
2. Is it good for others?
1 Corinthians 8:9
- Our society is founded upon the Bill of Rights. But Paul asks his readers to willingly set aside their individual liberties for the sake of someone else’s benefit. 1 Cor. 10:24
This is at the heart of the Christian gospel. It’s what Jesus did for us.
- Philippians 2:3–7 2. Christian service always requires a sacrifice of some kind on your part.
3. Is it good for God?
- 1 Corinthians 10:31
- 1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Paul had the ability to set aside secondary issues for the sake of seeing people saved.
Are we able to set aside our political views for the sake of an effective witness?
Are we able to eat different foods?
Are we able to be uncomfortable?
Often we are willing to serve God, but only on our own terms.