Listen: The Church's One Foundation (1 Corinthians 3:1011)
"First Corinthians chapter three versus ten and eleven according to the grace of God given to me like a skilled master builder. I laid a foundation and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it for no one can lay a foundation of than that which is laid. Which is Jesus? Christ these two verses are I don't overuse the word but they are foundational for understanding the Church and how the church is built so Paul talking about his work in Corinth in the days when the church there was founded and he said according to the grace of God given to me. I love that just the way. Paul always emphasizes how anything he has done is because of grace any thing he is doing is because of God's grace according to the grace given him like a skilled master builder so this is the way the Bible describes here in. First Corinthians chapter three verse. Ten a church planter as a master builder who is building the Church. Now it's really interesting because We think about language in Matthew Chapter Sixteen when Jesus I uses the Word Church and he says To Peter I tell you you are Your Peter and on this rock. I will build my church so Jesus built his church but here we see. First Corinthians chapter three verse ten that Jesus Builds Church through people through skilled master builders church planters. People were planting. A church are skilled master builders. And what's the foundation that they lay? He says I laid a foundation and no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid. Which is Jesus Christ so the foundation of the Church is Christ again? That's the whole point. Paul has been emphasizing all throughout. First Corinthians to this point because They were tempted to look at other people as the foundation of the Church's opposed to Jesus as the foundation and then he says so. I've like skilled master builder later. Foundation for the Church at Corinth and the foundation is Jesus. Then he says let each one take care how he builds upon it and that right. There is an extremely significant extremely important exhortation to every follower of Christ as we think about our membership in a church and particularly any level of leadership in the church that God gives to us but regardless of whether or not we're in a leadership position like we are responsible as followers of Jesus for building his church on the foundation of Jesus. And I Corinthians Chapter Three Verse Ten says let each one take care how he builds upon it so how the church is built on the foundation of Christ we do not have the option of building Jesus Church however we want however seems best to us according to the newest trends according to what we think will work best. We don't have that option. We are responsible for God for building the Church upon the foundation of Jesus in a way that accords with his word and his ways for his glory. So we'll dive and more as we flow in the rest of First Scranton's chapter three what that means. Let's just pause at this point in pray. God We WanNa be faithful to build your church. According to your word you're weighs upon the foundation of Jesus. We don't want there to be any other foundation. Help us to faithfully lay the foundation of Jesus in your Church and everything in your church may be driven by your word. Your ways keep us. We pray from trying to build your church. According to Man's ideas man's opinions man's preferences our ideas. Our opinions are preferences. May We throw those aside and may we be driven in every way by your word to build your church your way not our way. Oh God your way. Please help us. Please guide us in each of our churches to align with your word and God even as we pray for this we pray for places in the world where there is no church where no foundation she says even been laid for the call people in central North Central India millions of them. God and there is no church no known church among this people group. God police change that please. 'cause THE FOUNDATION OF JESUS Christ to be proclaimed and laid there among the call in India. Please raise up churches among the call and India according to your word for the display of Your glory among that people group God Palese we pray for the establishment of your church where the foundation Jesus in the call in India. Police God may be so and send out people from our churches to do it. We pray"