Here are the notes from the sermon this past Sunday:
The text for this sermon is from: 1 Corinthians 3:9-17. The title for this sermon is: Building On A Biblical Foundation
Most people are familiar with the story of the Three Little Pigs. Each one of the pigs built a house from different materials. Then the Wolf comes and the houses that are built out of cheap materials fall to the ground and the one built out of bricks remains standing.
There is a vital element that the story does not discuss. It’s not just the kind of building materials that are important but what those materials are built upon.
The houses in the story of the pigs collapsed under wind. The Bible tells us that we are going to encounter more than just a wind storm. Trials, tests and tribulations do not usually take the form of wind. They are more turbulent. They take on the forms of storms and fire.
Nothing tests the quality and strength of a building like fire.
1 Corinthians 3:9-17
V9. God is always with you. We are promised that he will never leave us or forsake us. He will never not love us. He will never abandon us. You are never not wanted.
Speaking of unwanted; this comes from a news article in Texas on August 10, 2017
“HOUSTON (KPRC) A newborn girl was found Thursday abandoned and covered in bugs at a Houston, Texas apartment complex.
According to Harris County deputies, the child was found about 5 a.m. in a grassy area at the Bridges of Cypress Creek apartments.
A resident at the complex, who was on his way to work, heard a baby crying, looked in a flower bed and found the newborn covered in ants and other debris. He took the baby to his apartment and called 911.
“I’m in shock. There’s a hospital, not even a block down the road and if the mother was so worried about the infant’s safety she could’ve easily gone to drop off the baby,” resident Roger Coreas said.
Deputies said the child was less than an hour old and her umbilical cord was still attached.”
God will never say that he does not love his own family. You will never be neglected or tossed in the trash.
V10. Every Bible teacher is a skilled master builder. It doesn’t matter if you are teaching kids or standing in front of a group of adults. If you cannot accurately teach God’s Word, sit down. Every Bible teacher has a unique opportunity to help mold and shape those that are under their care.
If you met a person that does not know how to work with bricks, you don’t let them build your house.
V11. The only foundation a Christian should ever build on is the foundation of Jesus.
V12-15. A person is not molded and shaped when it is nice and sunny outside and everything is going well. A person is molded and shaped in the fire.
What you build with on your foundation is going to be tested. Not by wind. Not by rain. Fire.
The Bible is our tools for building on the foundation of Jesus.
- The Bible is the saw that cuts down the trees.
- The Bible is the mortar that holds the bricks together.
- The Bible is the hammer that drives the nails into the wood.
Your life is God’s building. The temple. What you are building with will be revealed by fire in the Day of Jesus.
Materials like gold, silver, iron are melted by fire, purified by fire and cast and molded in extreme temperatures. These types of materials are designed to last for centuries.
What exactly is being tested?
The work that you do that proves your faith in Jesus. Your obedience.
Work you do in obedience as you operate by faith will pass judgment. The things you do out of disobedience or in the power of the flesh will not.
The book of Romans shows us that there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Those who call upon the name of Jesus are saved. They have already been justified by God. However, the works that you do now will be judged and you will be rewarded accordingly. This applies to every Christian because you are a missionary that is called to build up the church.
God promises that he will destroy anyone that destroys the church just as he did when he wiped out the Babylonians because they destroyed Solomon’s temple.
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