Christ Our Sure Foundation (1 Corinthians 3:9-15)
Using imagery of a building in construction to describe the Church, Paul is challenging us to be careful how we build.
I. The building (9)
II. The financier/owner (9-10)
III. The foundation installers (9-10)
IV. The Foundation (11)
V. The superstructure (12-13)
VI. The test and what it reveals (13-15)
What is the point of this illustration? We are challenged to carefully consider how we are building the Church of Jesus Christ.
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1 Corinthians 3:9-15
9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.
10 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. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire. (ESV)