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Team Work or Turf Wars? (7 of 36)
Series: Saints Gone Wild
1 Corinthians 3:1-9
What does it take to be successful in the world of team sports? Contrary to popular opinion, it is not tattoos, jail time, and steroids. It is teamwork! The greatest athletes in the world are only considered successful in the ultimate sense when they win the big one-the championship. However, the only way to accomplish this in team sports is to be a team player and to play on a team that is committed to teamwork.
Right now March Madness is going on. By this afternoon we will be down to the four best teams in college basketball. Next weekend these teams will match up against each other. I can assure you the team that plays together will stay together and win the NCAA Championship, a week from tomorrow evening.
Similarly, in the church of Jesus Christ the team that serves together stays together and wins together. However, the team that becomes consumed with individual accolades will falter and be forgotten. In 1 Cor 3:1-9, Paul is going to coach us to play up to our spiritual potential. He does this by laying out two coaching tips. First, Paul says…
1. Recognize your faulty perspective (3:1-4). Paul writes, ''And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual men, but as to men of flesh, as to infants in Christ. I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it'' (3:1-2a). The word translated ''and I'' (kago) ties back to 2:1-5, where Paul writes about his experience in Corinth. During his 18-month ministry in Corinth, Paul preached Christ and many Corinthians believed the message of the cross. Paul writes that when he was in Corinth, he spoke to them as ''infants'' because they were new believers. They were brand new to the faith! So he gave them milk to drink because they were spiritual babies. This is not meant to be a derogatory remark. Every Christian begins as a spiritual infant. There is nothing wrong with this.
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