by Stuart Briscoe

NOTE: This sermon is part 1, 2, and 3 of a 3 part sermon series. Three sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 1: God's Field
Series: The Church
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 3:1-9

Paul was well aware that the Church of Jesus Christ is made up exclusively of sinners-in fact he called himself the chief of sinners. But he was insistent that the Church is also the work of God and its members are "fellow workers." We need to know, therefore, what God is working on in the Church and how we can help.

I. God's Desire for a Cultivated Field.

A. A place to enjoy the fruits of righteousness. Philippians 1:11

B. A place to experience the fragrance of Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:15

C. A place to express the flourishing of steadfastness. Psalm 92:12-15

D. A place to exult in the freshness of worship. Psalm 133:1-3


Part 2: God's Building
Series: The Church
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 3:9-15

Paul's concern was to raise the Corinthians' view of the Church to new heights and, in so doing, give each believer a higher view of their own role in the Church's life and ministry.

I. The Building.

A. The owner-God. v. 9
1. The building He purchased.

2. The environment in which He works.

B. The architect-apostle. v. 10
1. The grace of the apostle.

2. The expertise of the apostle.


Part 3: God's Temple
Series: The Church
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 3:16-23

The Jews in Corinth were familiar with the temple built by Solomon and the Greeks passed the Temple of Aphrodite every day. But Paul reminded the Corinthian believers they, individually (6:19) and collectively, were "God's Temple." Apparently they had overlooked this important truth.

I. God's Temple-A Meeting Place.

A. The God who meets with His people. 1 Kings 9:1 3
1. His name.

2. His heart.

3. His eyes.

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