A SKILLED MASTER BUILDER
“1 Corinthians 3:10 has had a profound effect on my life and motivates me to study the life of Paul and use him as the model for church planting, plus every other aspect of ministry. He was given “the grace of God” to be “like a skilled master builder.” Paul refers to this gift of grace in other contexts which makes us realize how he viewed everything he had for ministry was a gift of grace.
Notice the importance of these passages as we follow the life of Paul for church planting. He refers to the gift of grace three times in Eph 3:2,7,8; the "stewardship of God's grace that was given to me for you” [Gentiles]; “Of this gospel I was made a minister according to the gift of God's grace”; And then the most compelling in verses 8-9, “To me...this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages.” Paul was given a distinct gift of grace from God that no one else has been given or will be given. He was given the gift of an architect and spokesman.
Then Paul speaks to you and me, the ones who must “take care how [we] build” on that foundation of Christ that he laid. The gospel of pure grace is the revealed plan of God “through the church the manifold wisdom of God” (3:10), available to all peoples. It is spelled out as a pattern in all of Paul’s letters which we can follow for building churches on Christ. The mystery is now revealed and we can see the plan clearly. We have the Spirit to empower us to build with the right materials and we have the pattern in Paul to follow as he followed Christ.”
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