City of God/Servant of God

Posted on: October 15, 2017 2:27 pm

Scripture Reference

1 Cor 3:1-4:7 1Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. 2I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready.3You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings?

5What, after all, is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe—as the Lord has assigned to each his task. 6I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God has been making it grow. 7So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow. 8The one who plants and the one who waters have one purpose, and they will each be rewarded according to their own labor. 9For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building.

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.12If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.

16Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst? 17If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy that person; for God’s temple is sacred, and you together are that temple.

18Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise. 19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God’s sight. As it is written: “He catches the wise in their craftiness”a ; 20and again, “The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile.”b 21So then, no more boasting about human leaders! All things are yours, 22whether Paul or Apollos or Cephasc or the world or life or death or the present or the future—all are yours, 23and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.

1This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed. 2Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 3I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself. 4My conscience is clear, but that does not make me innocent. It is the Lord who judges me. 5Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.

6Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.” Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other. 7For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?

Sermon Notes

  • There’s a difference between having the Spirit and having the Spirit be in charge
  • Power and prestige have nothing to do with building the church
  • Jealousy was and is an issue not only in the church but in our own lives
    • Jealousy lacks the humility that is needed in the church for equality
  • It is God who has assigned you to your task
  • Life’s Objectives:
    • know Christ more
    • Be more like Christ so that others would know Him more
  • We have all we need and ought to want–>every time we pull for ourselves, we pull in the opposite direction of the cross
  • We’ve been given the gospel so that we might in turn, give it.
  • How we are living will one day become clear.


  • Identify rightly what is of the “city of God” in your life and what is of the “earthly city.”
  • We need to live the way we will have wished we had lived.


  1. What stuck out to you about the message or Scripture?
  2. When have you been jealous of someone…someone in the church? How did that work out?
  3. Have you ever been given a gift that changed your thinking from “I deserve more,” to “Wow! I didn’t deserve that?” What was it and how did it change you/impact you?
  4. How does the gift of the gospel impact you on a daily basis? What are the ways in our lives that we can live in step with the Spirit?

Additional Items

  • VW grounds clean-up, Saturday, Oct 21, 9am-2pm, contact Paul Vorst with questions (
  • first service in big building, Nov 5
  • book that talks about living the gospel in everyday life: “Saturate” ~Jeff Vanderstelt