1 Corinthians 9:15-25 NIV

15 But I have not used any of these rights. And I am not writing this in the hope that you will do such things for me, for I would rather die than allow anyone to deprive me of this boast.

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      16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!

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      17 If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.

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      18 What then is my reward? Just this: that in preaching the gospel I may offer it free of charge, and so not make full use of my rights as a preacher of the gospel.

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          Paul’s Use of His Freedom

          19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.

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          20 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 myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law.

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          21 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.

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          22 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.

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          23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.

          The Need for Self-Discipline

          24 Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.

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          25 Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.

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