Building on a Proper Foundation
I Corinthians 3:11-23
November 25, 2007
INTRODUCTION: This evening, we will look at (vv. 11-23), where Paul discusses the importance of building the Christian life on a proper foundation. The Foundation to which (or to Whom) he refers, is Christ. The building is the Church, the Body of Christ, comprised of individual believers. Our body is the Temple of God:
1 Cor. 3:9-10, "For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon."
If we build on a proper foundation and with the proper
materials, then there will be no carnality--there will be no division, no weakness. We cannot build with wood, hay and stubble, with division and partiality and expect God to be pleased with our work.
This evening I want to give you three simple points, as we consider the message; "Building on a Proper Foundation."
I. The Importance of the Foundation
II. The Significance of the Temple
III. The Value of the Work
I. THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FOUNDATION
A. The foundation must be solid
1. The foundation Paul refers to is Jesus Christ.
He is the solid foundation. The reason people have such misery with life is that they attempt to build their lives on shaky ground. Their foundation is not solid. Remember the story of the man who built his house on sand? In Matt 7:26-27, it likens this man "unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."
2. Our foundation cannot be built upon Paul or
Apollos or Cephas or materialism or career or popularity. The only solid foundation is Christ. Listen to the word of the Psalmist: "He brought me up also out ...
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