by Jackie Prim

The Three Little Pigs Go to Church
Jackie Prim
1 Corinthians 3:10-3:15

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12Iif anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person's work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved-even though only as one escaping through the flames.

In this letter to the Corinthian church, the apostle Paul is going in on the church leaders because of reported jealousy and quarreling. He tells them that they are still worldly - that they haven't matured spiritually. Some of the members would say, "I follow Paul," while others would say, "I follow Apollos," but they were all missing the point. They were focusing on their own individual achievement instead of working together. Paul told them, ' I planted,' Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. It is God who makes things grow, not you or me. We're nothing. It's all about God! Then he goes on to give them the example from our text this morning. He talks about being a builder. And he gives instruction on how we should build a building. And his details reminded me of a story.

"Once upon a time there were three little pigs, Lester, Tyrone, and Damarcus. Their mother said to them, "It is time for you to get out of my house, and go out into the world to build your homes and live your own lives."

So the three little pigs left, each one to build his own house. Now, the first little pig - Lester, was lazy. He really wasn't trying to do a lot of work. He didn't want to exert hi ...

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