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                                           Be The Church week 5

                                                   1 Corinthians 3:1-23



Theme: When we look into the church of Corinth we see a lot of things we can learn from! They were a messy church, but they were a church alive! As we dive into this book we can learn a lot, whether it be from their spiritual failures or whether it be from their spiritual success. The one thing we learn is that God has called the church to be the hands and feet of Jesus! And it's when the church comes together in unity and lives on mission together that God moves in the most powerful of ways! Let’s be the church!


What is Causing Disunity?


Major Points:

1.. They Weren’t growing (Vs 1-9)

Paul wants them to understand that part of the reason they are having problems with disunity is due to their lack of spiritual growth. 


Question: Are you growing spiritually?


Signs of Spiritual growth include.


Obedience

You're committed to the word and prayer. 

All through the book of 1 Corinthians, Paul quotes the old testament asking them, “Don’t you know this?” If you were growing and grounded in the word you wouldn’t be having the problems you're having!


Your Loving Everyone

This is one of Jesus’ commands. Love God and Love others. To love everyone is to be obedient to Christ. Jesus says to love others, not like others, not tolerate others, not avoid others, he says to love others. To grow in spiritual maturity is to grow in your love for others. You cant grow in your faith and not grow in love for those around you.


Your Making Disciples

When we take our eyes off the mission of God outside the four walls and we start focussing primarily on methods inside the four walls then that's when we start to have disunity in the church. When we’re on the battlefield fighting alongside one another we don’t have time to fight against one another. 




You're producing the Fruit of the Spirit

The question isn’t do we bear fruit… the question is what kind of fruit do we bear?

The 1 corinthians were bearing the fruit of the flesh! The fruit we bear reveals what we’re connected to in our life! When we are growing spiritually it’s because we're focussed on Jesus, and the byproduct of focusing on Jesus and having the mind of Christ is walking by the spirit, and the byproduct of walking by the spirit is producing fruits the fruit of the Spirit. 




You have a God Filter 

Everyone has a worldview. Everyone has a lens that they look through. 

As Christians, we should have Gospel Glasses. Everything we see should be seen through a lens of the Gospel and every decision we make should be filtered through the Gospel.

We should ask the question Does this next decision that I'm about to make going to glorify God, and does it glorify his kingdom or does it glorify my own kingdom?

If we're growing spiritually we will be more focused on God’s kingdom and we will fight less over little this little worldly kingdom.



Questions: 


Are you committed to the word and prayer in your daily life?


Are you loving everyone the way that Christ loved you?


Are you actively making disciples? (Not last year but right now?)


Is your life marked more by the fruits of the flesh or the fruits of the spirit? (Galatians 5:22-23)


Are you filtering your earthly decisions through God’s eternal kingdom?




2.. They weren’t Building their life the right way  (Vs 10-17)

We are all building our life on something! They were building on the wrong foundation.


What's your foundation?


Is it a worldly foundation?

What is it in your life that you want the most right now?

Is it worldly success?

Is it money?

Is it materials and processions?


What do you give your attention to the most?

Worldly things or Eternal things?


What materials are you using?


Gold, silver, or costly stones (vs 12)

This means you are all in! Are you all in?

Are you giving Jesus your first and your best?


Wood, hay, or straw (vs 12)

This is when we hold back and don’t give God our best. 

Are you giving God leftovers? 


Will it stand the test of fire?


Yes or No


Yes - you are building with the right materials. You are giving God your first and your best.


No - you are building with the wrong materials. You are worried about other things in life besides God.


Questions:


What foundation are you building your life on right now?


Is Christ getting your best? Or is He getting your leftovers?




3.. The World influenced them  (Vs 18-23)


Three categories:


1.. You love God, and the world doesn’t influence you

You’re growing.

You're obedient. 

You display the fruit of the spirit.

Your make every decision with the kingdom of God in mind.

Your foundation is Christ.

You give Christ your best.

The world doesn’t influence how you live in the present

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2.. You love God, and the world does influence you

You're saved but the world has crept into your life.

You’re saved but you are building on a worldly foundation.

You're saved but you're giving the world your worship instead of God.


The bible says to love the world is to hate God.

The bible says to be in the word but not to be of the world.


Don’t give the word a heart that Jesus died for!



3.. You love the world, and the world influences all of you

You’re not saved! You’re lost!


Lost in your Goodness

This person doesn’t understand their need for saving. They are lost in religion


Lost in your badness

This person is lost in their rebellion. They don’t want to give up the things of this world for the creator of it. They want to be the lord of their own life.



Questions


Be Honest! Which category best describes your life right now?



Closing prayer :

Close out your time by praying for unity in your small group and for unity in our church!

Pray that God would help us grow together and build our lives on the right foundation!