Cleaning House | Making Room Week 2 | Chad Fagundes

September 17, 2023   /   Pastor Chad Fagundes   /   Koinonia Church

Cleaning House | Making Room Week 2 | Chad Fagundes

1 Corinthians 3 NIV: Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? 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. 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. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 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. 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. Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple. Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness” and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

Our willingness to “clean house” will determine the of our lives and the of room we will make.

3 Essentials to Cleaning House

  1. How we are

1 Corinthians 3:1 NIV: Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ.

      • Our fight: Carnality vs Holy Spirit

Carnal/Flesh

Spirit Led

Quick-tempered & impatient

Patient & longsuffering

Argumentative about trivial things

Kindly letting things go for the sake of unity

Materialistic & always wanting

Content with what you have

Bitter & always a victim

Forgiveness & blessing our enemies

Don’t want to be told what to do

Submissive & puts needs behind others

2. How we

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.

      • A big mistake we make as Christians is knowing who Christ is and what He has done, but we forget what He is currently doing.
      • Building Materials:

Gold, silver, & precious stones

Wood, straw, & hay

Expensive

Inexpensive

Hard to come by (rare)

Common

Quality material

Low-quality

Cut & fashioned with special tools

Everyday devices

3. How we

1 Corinthians 3:18 NIV: Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.

      • Spirituality without the proper metrics will lead to delusion.
      • Proper Metrics
        • The Bible: Standards and principles to model our lives after
        • The Character of Jesus: Our example. Not just in words but in action.
        • The Holy Spirit: Our Advisor who searches the deep things of God.

Conclusion:

Psalm 139: 1-7, NIV: You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely. You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?

Psalm 139: 23-24 NIV: Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

 

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