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All Things To All People

I ran across this picture of my youngest daughter from her trip to Costa Rica this morning. (She's the one on the far left.)

Legacy's Mission Team is hosting an informational luncheon this Sunday to introduce everyone to our planned mission trips this summer, and I started going back over pictures from trips Summer and I made last year when I ran across this one.

The picture also caught my attention as I prepare for my message this Sunday, "Winning the Race," 1 Corinthians 9:19-27. That group of girls looks something like Paul longed for the ekklesia in Corinth to become. We usually talk about either verses 19-23 as a topic: being all things to all people so that we might win some, an evangelism sermon; or, verses 24-27 as another topic on running the race of faith, a message on spiritual disciplines.

We seldom read the verse together as Paul wrote them. (Partially because of the verse numbers, paragraph divisions and headings put in the text centuries after Paul penned…