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First Corinthians 3

Don Ruhl • Savage Street, Grants Pass, Oregon • January 17, In the year of our Lord Christ, 2019

  1. First Corinthians 3.1–4 | Mere Babes in Christ

    1 And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; 3 for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men? 4 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not carnal?

    1. Why were the Corinthian Christians carnal?
    2. How did Paul feed them and not feed them, and why?
      1. Had their condition improved?
    3. What evidence did Paul provide to show their carnality?
  2. First Corinthians 3.5–8 | What Are Ministers?

    5 Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as the Lord gave to each one? 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but God who gives the increase. 8 Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labor.

    1. What are preachers of the Gospel?
    2. Do all preachers do the same work?
    3. Who is the important one?
    4. Should the planter and the waterer work against one another?
    5. Will we receive the same reward?
  3. First Corinthians 3.9 | Working with God

    9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.

    1. Why would the God of heaven want to work with us?
    2. In what way are we His field?
    3. And how are we His building?
  4. First Corinthians 3.10–11 | The Only Foundation

    10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

    1. What did God give Paul the ability to do?
    2. What part of the building did Paul work on?
    3. Can another build on his work?
      1. Do you build on the work of others?
      2. What do you think of others building on your work?
    4. What do you think of verse 11?
  5. First Corinthians 3.12–15 | Work Will Be Tested

    12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

    1. How will your work be tested?
    2. What happens if your work endures the testing?
    3. What happens if your work does not endure the testing?
  6. First Corinthians 3.16–17 | The Church Is the Temple of God

    16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.

    1. It is important to note a distinction between this passage and what Paul said later in First Corinthians 6.19.
      1. Which one refers to the church?
      2. Which one refers to the personal Christian, in particular his body?
    2. Back in this context, how could someone destroy the temple of God?
      1. If someone destroys the temple of God, what will God do?
      2. Why would God destroy that person?
    3. Note that all of this still refers to the division that existed in Corinth.
  7. VII.First Corinthians 3.18–20 | The Wise Before God

    18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness”; 20 and again, “The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile.”

    1. How can you become wise?
      1. How do you become a fool?
      2. How does it help to be a fool before you can be wise in God’s eyes?
    2. In this context, what is the wisdom of the world?
    3. In this context, why don’t we want it?
  8. VIII.First Corinthians 3.21–23 | All Are Ours

    21 Therefore let no one boast in men. For all things are yours: 22 whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come—all are yours. 23 And you are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s.

    1. Why led Paul to state that we should not boast in men? (See vv. 19–20.)
    2. How much is ours?
      1. What did Paul mean?
      2. Compare
        1. Matt 5.5
        2. Pro 13.22
        3. Isa 23.18
        4. Zec 14.14
    3. Everything is ours, but to whom do we belong?
      1. If we belong to Christ, to whom do we belong?
      2. How does this address the issue of division in the Corinthian Church?