Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What Are You Building With ('From Corinth With Love-Sort Of' series)

(From my notes, FBC Ruston, Dr. Chris, 2/19)

1 Corinthians 3: 10-15
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. 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.

1. The Foundation of the Christian and Church is Christ
v 10 -- my life founded on Christ's life. Is your foundation settled?

2. Christians And Churches Are Continually Building on their Foundation
v. 10 -- 'be careful how you build'
v. 12 -- We can build on eternal or non-eternal foundation.
* We are always intentionally either sleeping or building ......

A. The Church -- build on ministry, prayer, love, OR on personalities, committees, methods, etc.

B. Your Life -- v 10 -- Study your checkbook and calendar to help you see what you are building and how you are building... Prayer? Study? Tithe? ... If you are bored with prayer or worship, we have a God problem

C. Your Family -- built on Christ or on leisure activities

3. The Day Will Come When Our Efforts Will Be Laid Bare v 13
* This is a judgment of Christians, those whose foundation was Christ -- it will be made known..

A. We will be rewarded (v 14) God does keep score..
B. We may be humiliated v 15 -- Christians who build on temporary, secondary things of the world arriving in heaven smelling like smoke...