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The Imperfect Church- What's In A Church Building

The Imperfect Church- First Corinthians Part 1

Speaker: Pastor Ty Neal
Date: May 20, 2018

A perfect church is as elusive as finding a Yeti riding atop a Unicorn in flight toward Atlantis. Perhaps you've heard the saying when it comes to modern church, "No perfect people allowed," but that is not totally true. There is one perfect person who actually leads the church-His name is Jesus! And He gathers imperfect people together to be His people on His mission for His glory and their good! Yet, along the way, we have a hard time playing nice together, laying down our personal preferences, and giving up the sins that destroy us, our unity and our witness to the outside world. Welcome to The Imperfect Church! Join us as we follow the perfect one-Jesus-and discover how He loves the imperfect church as we walk through the book of First Corinthians.

Title : What’s In A Church Building?

 

1 Corinthians 3:9 – 9 For we are God's fellow workers. You are God's field, God's building.

 

1 Corinthians 3:10 – 10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.

 

1 Corinthians 3:11- 11For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

-                              You and I are not integrated, unified, whole persons. Our hearts are multi-divided. There is a board room in every heart. Big table. Leather chairs. Coffee. Bottled water. Whiteboard. A committee sits around the table. There is the social self, the private self, the work self, the sexual self, the recreational self, the religious self, and others. The committee is arguing and debating and voting. Constantly agitated and upset. Rarely can they come to a unanimous, wholehearted decision. We tell ourselves we’re this way because we’re so busy with so many responsibilities. The truth is, we’re just divided, unfocused, hesitant, unfree. That kind of person can “accept Jesus” in either of two ways. One way is to invite him onto the committee. Give him a vote too. But then he becomes just one more complication. The other way to “accept Jesus” is to say to him, “My life isn’t working. Please come in and fire my committee, every last one of them. I hand myself over to you. I am your responsibility now. Please run my whole life for me.” “Accepting Jesus” is not just adding Jesus. It is also subtracting the idols.

 

-1 Corinthians 3:11- 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

 

-1 Corinthians 2:2 – 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.

 

-Matthew 7:24-27 – 24 "Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.25And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it."

                               

1 Corinthians 3:12-15 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13each one's work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15If anyone's work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.

 

Quote - “The Gospel is not just the A, B, Cs of Christianity. It is the A to Z.” Tim Keller

 

1 Corinthians 3:12 – 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw—

 

Quote - “Grace is not opposed to effort, it is opposed to earning. Earning is an attitude. Effort is an ation. Grace, you know, does not just have to do with forgiveness of sins alone.” Dallas Willard

 

Colossians 1:29 – 29 For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.

 

2 Timothy 2:10- 10 Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory.

 

Quote -               It is possible to “build the church” with shoddy materials that at the last day you have nothing to show for your labor. People may come, feel “helped,” join in corporate worship, serve on committees, teach Sunday school classes, bring their friends, enjoy “fellowship,” raise funds, participate in counseling sessions and self-help groups, but still not really know the Lord. If the church is being built with large portions of charm, personality, easy oratory, positive thinking, managerial skills, powerful and emotional experiences, and people smarts, but without the repeated, passionate, Spirit-anointed proclamation of “Jesus Christ and him crucified,” we may be winning more adherents than converts. D.A. Carson

 

1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – 16 Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? 17If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.

 

1 Peter 2:5 – 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

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