HS Week #37: Solid Foundation

Intro: Corinthians

Dave Williams speaking on 1st Corinthians 3:10-11. He spoke about the importance of having a gospel foundation and reminded us of its crucial role in our faith, that from this structure the rest of our faith will be built.

  • Sin doesn’t make non-Christian. A lack of belief in Jesus Christ does that. 
  • We are all sinners in desperate need of a savior but once we are saved we are still all sinners thankful that we have a savior in Christ Jesus.
  • This doesn’t mean we are okay with sin because that minimizes  grace.
  • We also spoke about how Paul wanted to address them as spiritual people but had to address them as earthly ones. This lead to our second point being are you technically a Christian or practically one?
  • Technically meaning that you are saved but not off the bench. Receiving the trophy for winning but never playing a game.

1st Corinthians 3:10

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled2 master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

1st Corinthians. 3:10   According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

  • Now verse 16 tells us what building God is building in each and everyone of us: it is the temple. The place where God’s presence dwells. That is what he is building in each of us.
  • The term “skilled master builder” is interesting. Because it implies that he possessed the wisdom and the understanding to build.
  • And we certainly see that in his approach. If you read Acts 18 you see that he spent time understanding the city. He was intentional in sharing the Gospel first with Jews and then with others.
  • Now why would he do that? Because they would have the greatest chance of understanding the Gospel. Think about it. They grew up reading the OT and would have a limited understanding of who God is.
  • They would also share a ethnic bond. It provide an initial common-ground to share the Gospel.
  • This was all wisdom on his part. If you want to build a building you need to understand the lay of the land. You need to see how the house can conform and fit on the property. If you don’t get that and prepare for it, it can come tumbling down.
  • This is true for us as well as we begin to share and live out this Gospel. Start sharing it with those closest with you. Share it with those that you share common ground. Share it with those that are already softened by it: Share it with those in the church.
  • Paul is reminding them of how this whole thing started. Paul came there and labored for 18 months laying the foundation of the church.
  • God sent him to dig deep into the soil, find the solid ground and begin to set a foundation on it. One thing about foundation’s is that it isn’t really seen but is probably the most crucial thing in construction. 
  • Paul laid that for the people of Corinth, he introduced the Gospel, laid down Biblical principles for them to follow. He asked himself how he could make the gospel accessible to those who were in the hill of Corinth. The people and the circumstance of Corinth were different than any other and brought the Gospel to a people he knew and loved. He set up the foundation.
  • Paul always went first to the Jews, those who had a small understanding of God. He went to the low hanging fruit. He went to the people who had an understanding of God, who were already primed to know and love God.
  • Pastor Brett and members of our church held a Ramadan dinner last night for Muslim members of our community. They spent time with people who where different than him, with different beliefs, but in his prayer for dinner he softly introduced the gospel. They began to build a foundation.
  • What is cool about that is that as we become the temple of God none of the builders along the way can take full credit. We are being built up in the image of Christ so that the glory solely belongs to the Lord.

vs 10 I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it.

  • Paul was okay never seeing the finished product.
  • In Paris there is this old amazing church called the church of Norte Dame. In order to build it they had to demolish many buildings to give space for it to be built. The interesting this is the people who laid the foundation in 1160 A.D never saw it’s completion that happened 185 years later in 1345 A.D.
  • Think about that, they never saw the fruit of their labor. Yet they were willing to invest. They understood their place and were happy to take part. Some of us have been called to be framers, and we may still never see the fruit.
  • In times when you feel as those you have produced no fruit, lean on these verses, trust that God is at work in the lives of those you have poured into and trust that he will finish building the house.
  • We, as ministers of the Gospel need to do the same. We may be called in to lay the foundation and never see the roof being put on. But we lay it anyways.

vs 10 Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

  • This is important. We have to be careful how we build on the Gospel. See if we remember that what he is building is a temple or a place for himself in you than we have to remember that we are His temple. Which means we have to keep in mind how it is too be built. We can’t forget that the foundation was constructed so that the rest of it can reside on top of it.
  • However if we aren’t careful the house that is being built may not look like it should. This is why Paul says to take care how he builds upon it.
  • It’s a slippery slope though. It starts with not taking your walk seriously. Remember we talked about being technically Christian vs. practically one. When you are not putting into practice the things God requires us: Spending time with Him, spending time with his people. Then we lose sight of the blueprints for the building. That is when mistakes happen.
  • There are things we can control. We get to decide what we spend the rest of that time doing. We get to decide what we spend the rest of that time listening to and watching. We get to decide if we are going to be built up in the Word, encouraged by spending time with a brother or sister in Christ. But if we don’t do those things the world does a lot of the building in our lives.
  • Take social media or music today. Those things are jacked up. They are messed up and we are allowing those things to affect how we are laying our foundation. Remember the foundation is critical but if we allow things we can control, like social media and music, to seep into it we are in trouble. We don’t know what the truth is anymore.
  • Pretty soon we get carried away with every wind of doctrine as he said early in this chapter. We have to protect and guard our hearts from what we allow in. We can’t allow things to come into our house and distort it.

1st Corinthians. 3:11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

  • This is why in verse 11 he reminds us that foundation was poured in the image of Christ. So the rest of the building must resemble it as well.
  • Today, how is your building? Who and what is being poured into you? Is it really Christ-centered?

12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

  • What is Paul saying here? He is stating that anything built that is not resembling Christ will be revealed and fire and it’s quality will be shown. It will be stripped away.
  • We still get to be with him but what we built that is not of God will be destroyed. So why waste your time building that??
  • Instead of waiting and letting that happen when he returns, start tat process now. Allow the things of the world to melt away and begin to shape your life after his presence.

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