1 Corinthians 3

1c3.jpgGreetings!

On Divisions in the Church

3     Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2 I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 3 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere men?

5 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. 6 I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8 The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

That is a very important passage for evangelism training.  God is responsible for making faith grow!  We are to do our parts.  I’m lousy at starting spiritual conversations but I am very comfortable once they are started.  Others are better at getting things started but aren’t sure where to go from there.  We should work together to share the Good News and not take false pride in our roles

10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 his 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 man’s work. 14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward. 15 If it is burned up, he will suffer loss; he himself will be saved, but only as one escaping through the flames.

The foundation is critical.  As I’ve seen in discussions with Mormons, they have a lot of “straw” teachings that sound similar to Christianity.  But the foundation is radically different with respect to the nature of God, Jesus, Heaven/Hell, salvation by grace vs. works, and more.

16 Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? 17 If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

That is such a powerful passage, but often watered down a bit.  This verse is often used in the context of don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t have sex outside marriage, etc., because you are God’s temple.  But it is much more than that!  As believers we are literally at the crossroads of Heaven and earth, with the Holy Spirit living in us mortal human beings.  What are we doing with this temple?  What a conviction that this temple is sacred and that I should treat it that way.

18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a “fool” so that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”; 20 and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.” 21 So then, no more boasting about men! All things are yours, 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23 and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

The Holy Bible : New International Version. 1996, c1984. Grand Rapids: Zondervan.

Christianity applauds the use of reason (Acts 17:11 and others), but many times people worship worldly wisdom instead of focusing on God’s truths.

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