Sermon Notes

1 Corinthians 3:9-17

Cross Examine:  Designing Your Life

Introduction:  In Corinth, where everyone was building their life around things like status, reputation, honor, and wealth, the Apostle Paul offers a different design:  A life shaped by the Cross.

“You are God’s building”

  • You get to choose the materials that will be used to build your life.
  • Building your life is not primarily about your circumstances
  • It’s your character that matters.

Two Types of Building Material

Fire = God’s judgment

“The main thing God gets out of your life is the person you become.” Dallas Willard

  1. What will I build my life with?
  • Inner qualities
  • The true nature of my inner life and of my character is actually known only to God.
  • “Eulogy” virtues vs  “Resume” virtues  (David Brooks)
  1. What foundation will I build my life on?
  • Your foundation is what you count on more than anything else. (default)
  • It is what your heart depends on to make you secure when your world gets shaken.
  • It is your ultimate commitment

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.”  v11