PAUL - THE MASTER BUILDER
In 1 Corinthians 3:10-11, Paul asserts that “According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation…which is Jesus Christ.” This powerful grace which Paul received from God was used to establish thriving and growing churches in main centers of population. These churches were responsible for establishing other churches in their surrounding areas and beyond. Though he overcame many hindrances, Paul kept using the strategy of establishing indigenous and self-sustaining churches that were capable of multiplying by themselves.
In Lesson 8 of God’s Plan for His Church, we examine Paul’s missionary strategy that made his work so successful. I will give you the first three principles here:
Ephesians 3:8 – He preached the “unsearchable riches of Christ”.
Ephesians 3:9 – His second point in preaching was “to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery (secret) hidden for ages in God.”
Ephesians 3:10 – Through the preaching of these two massive revelations, the church would make known the “manifold (many-sided) wisdom of God…to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.”
“This was according to the eternal purpose (of God) that He realized in Christ Jesus our Lord” (3:11). Let this sink into our hearts. Before time and creation began, God was planning to unveil His greatest purpose – that through Christ persons would be saved and form the church to display the wisdom of God for His eternal glory. The expansive vision Paul had motivated and energized him to make Christ known to those who had not heard. What about you and me?
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