Sermon on Evangelism

Sermon on Evangelism

1 Corinthians 3:5-11
“Labor for the Lord”

  • Theme 1- Its all about Jesus (christology)
    • What: (v. 11) Foundation which is Jesus Christ
      • Foundation of the church is not a what, but a who
      • Its not a doctrine its a who
      • Its not a culture its a who
      • Its not a people group its a who
      • Its not a charismatic and engaging personality it a who
      • Its not a result of crazy effective marketing, it is a who
        • 1 corinthians 2: 1-2
          Colossians 1:13-23
    • So what:
      • As we talk about being God’s workers in building His church. As we seek to live out the mission of transformation church, we understand that it starts with Jesus.
      • Our making disciples is making disciples of Jesus Christ
      • Growing in love towards God begins with Jesus Christ
        • 2 corinthians 4:6
      • Growing in love towards each other with Jesus at the center
      • Being transformed, into the image of Jesus
      • Now that we are on the same page that Jesus is the foundation, let us continue with this message about God’s church
  • Theme 2- Salvation is of the Lord (soteriology)
    • What: (v.5): as the Lord assigned to each
    • Romans 8:29-just as God foreknew and predestined one’s salvation, He also has assigned mouthpieces6: but God gave the growth
    • (v.7): only God who gives growth
    • (v.9): God’s fellow workers, God’s field, God’s building
    • So what:
      • We don’t want to be distracted so much with methods, or success ratios, or asking what did I do wrong, or be discouraged
    • Why? Because the salvation is a gift given by God
      • Ephesians 2:8
      • It gives our salvation the ultimate confidence boost, because it is not a result of man, but of God
    • Now what: important because it informs how we pray, “Father would you save”
      • Determine to be faithful not in saving souls, but in participating in evangelism
  • Theme 3- We are gardeners (evangelism)
    • What: (v.5): as the Lord assigns to each
      • (v.6): plants and waters
      • (v.8): labor
      • Labor-kopos-debilitating toil and labor that causes pain and weariness (repent)
      • (v.10): according to the grace God has given me
    • So what: Because we are supposed to be working hard in this area!
      • Someone ought to be planting, someone ought to be watering
      • The Lord has assignments for each of us
      • Evangelism is literally the act of making disciples which we have all been charged to do
        • Matthew 28:18-20
        • 2 corinthians 5:17-20
    • Now what: Make evangelism a priority
      • Group evangelism-awana
      • Personal evangelism (plant & water)- 6 rhythms- eat, celebrate, recreate, bless, story, listen
      • Make friends

1 Corinthians 3:5-11 – English Standard Version

5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. 8 He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. 9 For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled[a] master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

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