Ministers Are Merely God's Servants
1 Corinthians 3:5-23

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What ARE Ministers? (1 Cor 3:5)

An Illustration from Agriculture (1 Cor 3:6-9)

Principle: Different workers serve different functions.

Principle: Different workers are of equal value.

Principle: Different workers are not rivals; they are one in purpose.

Principle: Workers are distinct in their responsibilities as well as in their rewards.

Summary of this Illustration

An Illustration from Architecture (1 Cor 3:10-17)

More costly and more difficult to find - they take time to acquire and to build into a structure. Obtained quickly and cheaply, and an impressive structure can be built almost overnight.
Represent the serious, significant, and valuable truths of the Faith which will stand the test of time. Not necessarily false teaching or heretical doctrines, but meaningless, trivial, or useless things; teaching that is mediocre and of minimal value.

The Conclusion From These Illustrations (1 Cor 3:18-23)

Points of Application