This past Sunday, I preached a message from 1 Corinthians 3:16-17. It was intended to a warning and challenge to the church to keep the main thing the main thing. I was also preaching to myself. Once again, I struggled to organize my thoughts for preaching. And I felt the weight of that struggle in presenting the message. If the Lord would have allowed me, I would have preached something else during the second service. But I had an assignment that I could not shake. So, with fear and trembling, I stood and admonished the church (and myself!!!) to be careful how you build. Here is the sermon skeleton:
Title: “Be Careful How You Build”
Text: 1 Corinthians 3:10-15
Theme: Divine accountability for Christian ministry in the local church
Point: The Lord Jesus Christ will judge the church growth strategy you practice.
I. Build on the established foundation (3:11).
II. Build with quality materials (3:12).
A. Choose materials with spiritual excellence.
B. Choose materials with an eternal perspective.
III. Build to pass the inspection (3:13).
IV. Build to receive a reward (3:14-15).
A. Work that passes the inspection will be reward (v. 14).
B. Work that fails the inspection will be destroyed (v. 15).