The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our February 24, 2019 message, Jesus, Only Jesus.

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SUMMARY of the sermon

Pastor Tim’s message continued our new series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. Tim preached from 1 Corinthians 3:5-23. From his message, we see:  

Problem of celebrity in the church (1 Corinthians 3:5)

  • Churches have become cults of personalities and not churches of Christ. This has led to a preoccupation of “superstars”

  • This human loyalty leads to infighting and divisions

Paul’s answer to this celebrity tendency (1 Corinthians 3:5)

  • Paul used the term “what” instead of “who” is Apollos and Paul. The answer Paul gave was that he and Apollos were merely tools, instruments in the hands of God

  • Paul saw himself as a servant, a “table waiter.”

  • Paul stated that God used both he and Apollos, as conduits of grace. They are part of what is doing, but not the God who is doing it.

  • The miracle of our belief is owing to God alone

Pictures to illustrate the point (1 Corinthians 3:6-13)

  • Agricultural analogy (1 Corinthians 3:6-9)

    • God assigns tasks…but God makes it grow

  • Architectural analogy ( 1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

    • The foundation of the church must be Christ or the gathering is not a church

Warning (1 Corinthians 3:12-15)

  • The day of evaluation is unavoidable

Conclusion (1 Corinthians 3:18-23)

  • Do not miscalculate

  • Live, teach, preach Jesus

  • Addiction to knowledge is futile, foolish, and an affront to God

  • You cannot make sense of life without God

  • So, no one should boast. If you overvalue people, you will inevitably devalue Christ

  • Final doxology

    • You have limitless resources

    • You have the blessing of comprehensive care of God and His people

    • So, make it your aim of life to make much of Christ!

Key Takeaway: We are ordinary people, doing ordinary things, with extraordinary results, because of an amazing God!

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

Reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 3:6-8. After reading it, what point is Paul attempting to reinforce?

  2. Read 1 Corinthians 3:9. List the ways Paul describes the believer in Christ. Based on the discussion of these verses in the message, please explain these descriptions.

  3. Paul said, in 1 Corinthians 3:10, that he laid a foundation and someone else is building on it. Who is the foundation that Paul laid for the Corinthians?

  4. 1 Corinthians 3:13 states that people’s work will be revealed by fire. What does this mean?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 3:14-15. What is stated and what does that mean? What was mentioned in the message?

  6. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 we are called “God’s temple.” What impact should that have on your life?

  7. In what ways has exalting finite humanity eclipsed the infinite value of Jesus Christ in your life? What do you intend to do to change that?

request: PRAYer and praise

  • Ask God to help you to stop looking at the finite and earthly things for your satisfaction and security and look to Jesus, only Jesus

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that have obscured seeing and savoring Jesus

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to give you insight and enablement to be Christ-centered, Cross-centered, and God-glorifying in your life

Respond: applying what you have learned

  • How can you love God more through what you have learned? (read, study, meditate, memorize, share)

  • How can you love others more through what you have learned?

Additional RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

  • Suggested Scripture Study: Read Romans 14:10–12; Romans 16:17; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 9:24–27; Ephesians 3:7–8; Ephesians 4:3; Philippians 2:1-4; Hebrews 5:12-14; 1 Peter 1:3-4; Revelation 22:12

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