These are my notes from Matt Chandler’s session at The Gospel Coalition 2013 Conference.
SCRIPTURE – 1 Corinthians 3
FAITHFUL & FRUITFUL
- Fruitful – Bring in the elephants to attract crowds and fill auditoriums
- Faithful – Teach TULIP every week
1 Corinthians 3
1 Corinthians 3
But I, brothers, could not address you as spiritual people, but as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. 2 I fed you with milk, not solid food, foryou were not ready for it.
And even now you are not yet ready, 3 for you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way?
4 For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not being merely human?5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed,as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.
From this text we learn three things about the man of god…
10 According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. 11 For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw— 13 each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. 14 If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss, though he himself will be saved, but only as through fire.
“Fruitfulness without faithfulness is like stappling apples to a tree”
– Paul Tripp paraphrased
CRITIQUE THE CARICATURES
Lack of Gospel Ambition
- …smallness = faithfulness ..no drive to reach the lost
- We need to pray for massive God movement in our community
- There is a way to be right…the wrong way
- There is way to be right…which looks Christian
FRUITFUL EXTREME – The Caricature
Put Growth in Front of Truth to See Converts
- Numeric growth = / = Faithfulness
Lacks a Plan and a Process for Discipleship
- They read the Great Commission as “Go make converts”