A sure foundation

1 Corinthians 3:9-15

In order to build a structurally sound house, one must begin by laying a strong foundation. No matter the strength of your building materials, if the foundation isn’t sure and strong, it will buckle and the building will collapse. This is not only true of buildings; it can also be said about the life and fellowship of the church.

In our text, Paul writes to a young church for which he laid a foundation upon the truth of the gospel. Paul taught the new congregation the basics of faith and how to live in community with one another in the peace of Christ. It wasn’t long after Paul left Corinth, however, that conflict arose. Paul wrote to the Corinthians in order that he might remind them of what is truly important, the foundational teaching of grace through Christ crucified and risen.

Still today, the most faithful Christians sometimes disagree and conflicts arise. Yet, as we continue to live together in Christ, we do so within a community planted upon the strong foundation of the gospel. Set upon such sturdy ground, we rely on the durable materials of faith; weekly worship, participation in the sacraments, holy scripture, daily prayer, and fellowship among God’s people. For we are God’s people, built upon the sure foundation that is Christ the Lord.

Prayer: O God, keep us steadfast in your Word, set upon the sure foundation of Christ the Lord. Amen.

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