by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 1 and 2 of a 5 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


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

Usually when people talk about the church they are referring to a building. But the Bible talks about people being "the church of God" (1 Corinthians 1:2). Nevertheless Paul wrote, "You are God's building." We can learn lessons about the church from this analogy.

I. The Church's Foundation.

A. Laying the foundation-presenting the apostolic message.
1. Apostle appointed by the grace of God. v. 10 (expert builder)

2. "Testifying…that Jesus was the Christ." See Acts 18:1 17

3. "Many who heard…believed and were baptized."

B. Identifying the foundation-relating to Jesus Christ.
1. The church has only one foundation-Jesus Christ.

2. Sanctified in Christ Jesus. See 1 Corinthians 1:2
a. What many of them used to be. See 1 Corinthians 6:9 11

b. What they had become " in Christ."

3. Called to be holy.

4. Calling on the name of the Lord. "Their Lord and ours."

II. The Church's Construction.


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

In the Corinthian church the focus of attention was on personalities. (It could have been buildings or programs.) They needed to refocus on the Lord. Paul reminded them that they were God's garden with the emphasis on God and what He was growing. A healthy reminder of what the church really is about.

I. The Garden God Designs.

A. The church: a place of fragrance.

B. The church: a place of fruitfulness.

C. The church: a place of freshness.

II. The Gardeners God Employs.

A. Their high calling.
1. "Only servants." v. 5 ("Diakonoi." See 1 Corinthians 4:7)

2. Simply agents-"Through whom you came to believe."

3. Fellow workers. v. 9 ("Sunergoi.")

B. Their assigned tasks. v. 5
1. Paul the planter. v. 6; See Acts 18:1 11
a. "Teaching the word of God." v. 11

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