A Sacred Responsibility
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A Sacred Responsibility

From Series: Firm Foundation, Volume 3

1 Corinthians 9:15-18  (ID: 1670)

Like the prophet Jeremiah, Paul was called to preach the Word of God. Preaching was fashioned into the fabric of his being; he could do nothing else. In 1 Corinthians 9, the apostle describes that his obligation to preach was not forced, but a divine compulsion, for which he expected no reward. Alistair Begg encourages anyone considering this sacred responsibility to look to Paul to gauge his own motivation.


15But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing these things to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have anyone deprive me of my ground for boasting. 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.

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Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.