KINGDOM LIVING: Growing in Maturity pt.2

April 7, 2024   /   JamestownFirstAssembly

KINGDOM LIVING

April 7, 2024

GROWING MATURITY Part 2

1 Corinthians 3:5-15

 

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INTRODUCTION:

Genesis 50:20 (NIV) You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Romans 8:28 (NIV) says, We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV84) For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works…

1 Corinthians 12:12-14 (NIV) Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body… 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Matthew 12:25 (NIV) “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” 

 

 

1 Corinthians 3:5-15 (NIV) What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

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. 12 If 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.

 

Highlights:

Two reasons:

1 Corinthians 3:3 (NIV) You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?

1 Corinthians 3:3a (NIV) You are still worldly. (NKJV) You are STILL carnal.

  • Their conduct:

1 Corinthians 3:3b (NIV) For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? (NKJV) For where there are envy, strife and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?

 

THREE THINGS:

1. THE LIMITATION

2. THE FOUNDATION

3. THE BUILDING

 

2. THE FOUNDATION

1 Corinthians 3:9-10 (NIV) For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 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.

 

THREE TYPES OF BUILDING:

 

1. THE RIGHT FOUNDATION

 

1 Corinthians 3:11 (NIV)  For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.

Matthew 7.24-29 (NIV) 24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Matthew 16.16 (NIV) “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”

Matthew 16.16 (NIV) And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

1 Corinthians 3:10 (NIV) 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.

 

 

2. THE RIGHT FRAMING

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If 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.

v.12 If anyone builds on this foundation…

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If 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.

v.12 “gold, silver, costly stones.”

v.12 “wood, hay and straw.”

1 Corinthians 2:10 (NIV) …are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.

1 Corinthians 2:7 (NIV) We declare God’s wisdom, a mystery that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.

 

 

3. THE RIGHT FIRING

1 Corinthians 3:12-13 (NIV) 12 If 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 [visible, be seen]. It will be revealed [make fully known] with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work.

1 Corinthians 3:14-15 (NIV) If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward.  If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

1 John 2.28 (NIV) And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

 

 

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