Formations lesson for Feb. 24: Building on a Solid Foundation
February 8 2002 by Steve Zimmerman , 1 Corinthians 3:10-23

Formations lesson for Feb. 24: Building on a Solid Foundation | Friday, Feb. 8, 2002

Friday, Feb. 8, 2002

Formations lesson for Feb. 24: Building on a Solid Foundation

By Steve Zimmerman 1 Corinthians 3:10-23

Life is interesting in the Furniture Capital of the World. People from all across the world make their semi-annual trek to the International Furniture Market. Twice each year you can find our city transformed for about 20 days - 10 in April and 10 in October. This city triples in population and takes on an air of a huge metropolis. Yet after each market it is relieved to go back to its regular size once our guests leave.

These buyers and sellers of all kinds of furniture come with one thing in mind - how to find that certain niche to get consumers to purchase that certain furniture piece for that certain place in our home. Millions of dollars are spent trying to find this solution each market. Yet if you ask many market goers, their business would not exist if it were not for well-built houses for their products to go into after the market is over.

The New Foundation

(1 Corinthians 3:10-15)

The apostle uses an architectural metaphor of a house to get his point across to these young believers.

Anyone in the building industry is sure to tell you that you must have a solid foundation. Any material that is used during this process must be able to stand the tests of time.

Now Paul is sharing with the Corinthians that he shaped their church with Christ as the only source for this job. A person who builds the church upon this foundation is reminded that anything less than Him in this process is destined for collapse.

The New Structure

(1 Corinthians 3:16-17)

At the end of each television episode of "Fraser" are these words - "Fraser has now left the building." He is no longer to be around. He has left and gone somewhere else. Paul reminded the young believers that God's true temple, where the perception that His spirit was to be found, had left Jerusalem. It was now in their hearts as a church.

Although these words were reassuring, they also came with a warning. Anyone bringing harm to this new structure was in danger of causing pain to God's spirit. Turmoil left unchecked in the early church's life would only cause hurt in this new temple.

May we be reminded that this spiritual erosion to our temple walls is still true for us today.

The New Furnishings

(1 Corinthians 3:18-22)

A house is not really complete inside without some things to give it life. Growing up there was a plaque on our living room wall that read: "Houses are made of brick and stone, but homes are made of love alone." The most important furniture in this new church home is love. It should be in every room of the house.

We need love for each other and for Christ, but also love for true wisdom. Wisdom of this world leads only to futility. Wisdom from above would make it clear that there were to be no boasting of loyalties to people, even the great Paul, within the church.

This fledgling New Testament church did not have room in their home for this world's foolishness and biases toward people.

Yet are we today struggling with this same issue? Have we allowed this world's wisdom to clutter our church? Are we focusing all of our attention on key laypeople or ministers for direction rather than on the One who created us? If so, house cleaning is in order.

The New Roof

(1 Corinthians 3:23)

Paul begins this passage with Christ and ends with Him. Not only is He the sure foundation of our church, in some ways He is also the covering for it. He encompasses the entire church like a hen gathering her chicks around her wings. Our spiritual treasures within this new home are safe. His protection will ward off anything from outside that may hinder the church's life. Paul gives assurance that our church is secure not because of what we have done to it, but because of what He has done for it.

How's that for a Master Plan?

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