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1 Corinthians: Wisdom in Being Christ Centered


Title: The Church: Family, Field and Temple

Scripture:  1 Corinthians 3


The Church is…

  1. A Family Moving Toward Maturity (vs. 1-4)
  2. A Field Focusing on Bearing Fruit (vs. 5-9a)
  3. A Temple Committed to Quality (vs. 9b-23)

In chapter 3, Paul paints three pictures of the church. Paul compares the church to a family, field and a temple. With these pictures, he gets his readers and listeners (including us), to think through some questions.  

  • What is the goal of a family? Why do they exist? 
  • Why does a farmer have a field? What is the farmer’s expectation? 
  • What was the reason to have a temple? Why was it significant? 

Using these pictures and analogies, Paul points out what the ministry of the church is to pursue and accomplish. Paul reminds us that the church is a family moving toward maturity (1 Corinthians 3:1–4), the church is a field, focused on bearing fruit, (1 Corinthians 3:5–9a) and, finally, the church is a temple of God, to be committed to quality. (1 Corinthians 3:9b–23).

A healthy, growing and effective church must have the correct perspective and purpose. Paul again challenges the people of Corinth with this. He reminds them of God’s desire for their lives, His view of commitment and the ministry they could have toward others in His strength. We must remember, we are not at church…we are the church. And God has great instructions and dreams for us, if we will only listen and obey.