DECADE: 2020-2029 – The Decade of the Holy Spirit
TEXT: 1Cor. 3:10-17
TOPIC: Build On The Firm Foundation
Building our lives and church ministries on the firm foundation is rewarding on earth and eternity
I.WHAT BELIEVERS ARE TO GOD
God compares the lives of believers to that of a building
A.We are God’s building/ house/ temple – 1Cor. 3:9
II. WHY IS GOD BUILDING A HOUSE?
God desires a dwelling place
A. God is building his house for the dwelling place of his Spirit – 1Cor. 3:16
B. 5-fold ministries and ministers are foundation buildersfor God’s house (Eph. 2:19-21; 4:7- 13, 14-16)
C. We must build our lives and church ministries onthe foundation/ the plan of God? – 1Cor. 3:10
III. WHY IS THE FOUNDATION VERY IMPORTANT?
God’s foundation for us cannot be equated with any other! Note
A. The whole building collapses due to a defective foundation. Conversely the whole building remainsdue to a good foundation. Therefore, the outcomesof the lives of believers are traceable tothe quality of their spiritual foundations.
B. Mat. 7:24-27 – the importance of building on a firmfoundation
IV. WHAT ARE THE BIBLICAL CHARACTERISTICSOF THE FIRM FOUNDATION?
The foundation is established on:
A. God’s eternal word – 2Tim. 2:19
B. Righteousness – Prov. 10:25; Rom. 1:16-17; Eph. 2:8-9
C. God’s requirement of our acts of righteousness – 1Tim. 6:18-19; Eph. 2:10
D. Eternity – 1Tim. 6:19
E. Immovability – Lk. 6:48
F. Revelation of Jesus – Isa. 28:16; 44:8; Mat. 16:18
G. Jesus – 1Cor. 3:11; Eph. 2:20-21
V. WHAT ARE THE REWARDS FOR BUILDING ON THE FIRM FOUNDATION?
The kingdom of God is built on a reward system. Seeking to build our lives and church ministry is therefore an exercise that would be rewarded by God.
A. Entrance into heaven – Lk. 18:29-30
B. Rewarded in heaven – Dan. 10:3
C. Effective in leading others people to Christ
D. Effective in the discipleship/ mentoring others to growth in Christ
E. Rewarded here on earth – Mk. 10:29-30
F. An unshakable life – Lk. 6:48; Eph. 4:14
G. Continuous pruning and fruitfulness – Jn. 15:1-8
H. Jesus will love you and reveal/ manifest himself to you – Jn. 14:21
I. God the Father and the Son will come to you and dwell with you – Jn. 14:23
J. Become useful to God – 2Tim. 2:20-21
When we make the choice to deliberately build our lives on the Firm Foundation, which is Jesus Christ and his righteousness, the rewards are outstanding and evidenced both here on Earthand in Heaven. Choose to build on the Firm Foundation, Jesus!