Here are some quotes and scriptures from Sunday’s sermon in 1 Cor 3:1-15 that will hopefully fuel us as we pray for our vision of God to grow and our love for others to get larger. (cf. 2 Cor. 5:17-20; James 3:14-16)
Robert Murray McCheyne, “It is not great talents God blesses so much as great likeness to Jesus”
“Infants in Christ” are those who “want nothing more than another round of choruses and a “simple message”- something that won’t challenge them to think, to examine their lives, to make choices, and to grow in their knowledge and adoration of the living God.”- DA Carson, The Cross and Christian Ministry, p72.
But you are forfeiting the feast God has for you when you choose foolish paths based upon the world’s wisdom- when you choose money or significance rather then church and mission, retirement of ease rather than risk for love, knowing without loving rather than knowing that leads to love, jealousy rather than celebration at what God has done and how he uses other people.
In addressing how followers of Jesus should care for those brand new in the faith, Spurgeon says, “…we must be doubly kind towards those who are newly escaped from the world, and have come to find refuge with the Almighty and His people. Watch with ceaseless care over those new-born babes who are strong in desires, but strong in nothing else. They have but just crept out of darkness, and their eyes can scarcely bear the light; let us be a shade to them until they grow accustomed to the blaze of the gospel day. Addict yourselves to the holy work of caring for the feeble and despondent…” C.H. Spurgeon- Come Ye Little Children, p8
We need a healthy dose of humility and swift kick in the rear end where we are more proud of our teacher or that we have rubbed elbows with someone famous then that God is our King, Christ is our Savior and His Spirit takes up residence within us.
Our theology is meant to flatten us. Salvation is designed in a way to cut the legs out from all boasting. It is about smashing human pride.- John Piper
Get you a theology with God so massively at the center that it would never occur to you to put yourself there. – John Piper
Lord Jesus, you became what you were not, that I might become what I was not.~ Martin Luther
We need a calling, a dream, a vision that if God doesn’t show up it will crush us- Steve Childers
God make me one who wants You to do Your Thing through me- Tom Woods