Sermon Series: Committed to Church
Sermon: Be the Church
1 Corinthians 3:5-15
There have been times throughout my life that I worked for corporations that required me to do a self evaluation. They usually asked questions about my performance, how I work in a team, am I an effective team member and so on. Honest self evaluations can be tough given no one is perfect and they challenge us to take a look at our shortcomings. Scripture teaches us we should do self evaluations as well. Remember it wasn’t until the Prodigal Son did a self evaluation that he discovered his shortcoming and the direction he needed to take. Lamentations 3:40 tells us to examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the LORD.
How would you answer these questions on the Disciple of Christ Self Evaluation?
- Do I support church with my time? Yes No
(Involved in ministry, outreach, participate in church functions, attend regularly)
- Do I support Church with my prayers? Yes No
(Pray for the church, its leaders, Pastor and those who attend daily)
3. Do I support Church financially? Yes No
(Tithe regularly so the church can count on whatever amount you give)
4. Do I fellowship with other Christians regularly? Yes No
5. Do I consider myself one who seeks to make disciples? Yes No
If you believe the answers to those questions should have all been yes, what are you going to do about it?
It’s important to take an honest evaluation of our commitment to Christ to see where we need to grow. As we’ll see in our text there will come a day that our commitment will be evaluated by God.
1 Corinthians 3:5-15
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.
9 For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. 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. 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.
The church of Corinth was having some issues. These issues were the reason for the letters to the church. This was a strong church however there was division among the members. Specifically they were creating loyalties for specific leaders. Some were loyal to Paul, others to Apollos.
3 things to know about our place in church
- Building isn’t optional
- We choose our level of commitment
- We will be evaluated and rewarded for our commitment or lack thereof.
What is your place in God’s Kingdom and are you living up to your full potential, have you made the commitment to serve Him with all your heart?
Matthew 16:13-20 says
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, “Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?” 14 So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah,for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. 18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not [a]prevail against it. 19 And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth [b]will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
20 Then He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.
No force in this world can prevent you from doing what God intended you to do but you!.