1 Cor. 3:9 – You are God’s Building!

  • Read 1 Corinthians 3:5-15 here.  Also read 2 Peter 1:3-9 here.
  • If you missed Sunday’s sermon (7 September) you can listen to it here.


This week we launched the annual theme for Lawson Road: “You are God’s Building.”  This theme sentence adapts 1 Corinthians 3:9 which reads, “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”  Last week we read 2 Corinthians 5:20 which tells us that Christians serve as God’s ambassadors.  There’s something prestigious about being an ambassador, but being a building sounds pretty mundane and boring.  Do you think our choice of theme will prove to be a good one?  What message does it communicate to you?

At the end of the sermon the elders handed out nails (building materials) to each member reminding them to “Be God’s Building; Build God’s Building.”  We’d also like to hang a banner in the auditorium with our theme on it.  Do you have any other ideas (creative or otherwise) of how we can encourage the church with this theme?

Songs & Scripture

Not a very long list this week, so please make some suggestions.  What are some songs that fit our new theme?

  • My Hope is Built on Nothing Less
  • The Church’s One Foundation
  • The Wise Man Built His House on the Rock (kids song)
  • I Will Not be Moved (good suggestion Jo H – On Natalie Grant’s 2008 album Relentless)
  • How Firm A Foundation
  • I Belong to Jesus (Dennis Jernigan, 1993)
  • Firm Foundation (On the Acappella CD Awesome God which is part of their Praise & Harmony series)


  1. Jo H

    I think this is a great program theme for us at Lawson Rd. that can be “built” upon from many directions.
    Sounds like there are already many new classes starting to work on our inner “building” -WINGS class Wed!! check it out.
    What about our outer “buildings”? Giving our “temples” a good make over too. (healthy eating, exercise education and group support). I’ve heard this can help w/ positive attitudes also.

    Songs (both by Natalie Grant)-
    not really a building theme…but a good go and get um type song.

    This song also has a foundational theme:

  2. Brian Casey

    I like the theme very much. No creative ideas yet, but the ones I heard Sun sounded promising.

    Peter, I’m glad you brought out the “ya’all” thing (albeit with a funny Aussie take on Southern drawl!) in ref. to the 1 Cor. 3 passage. My understanding, too, is that all the focus there is on the collective “you,” whereas in 1 Cor. 6:19, for instance, it’s a singular “you” that God lives in.

  3. Mark Wagner

    The theme ties in well with the idea that God is a spiritual doing, not merely a spiritual being. The words in the verse “workers”, “field”, “building” all have the connotation of activity. effort, labor.

  4. ozziepete

    I noticed a couple of comments referenced the idea of the “body as a temple” in 1 Cor. 6:19. This is perhaps the most well known “building” verse in the NT. However, 6:19 really makes a point that is quite different from that of our theme in 3:9.
    While the building in 3:9 refers to the church as a whole, and emphasises unity, 6:19 clearly speaks to individuals, “your bodies are temples”.
    Also, just as a side note. I believe that people often grab the image of “body as temple” and apply it a lot of different issues. The issue I don’t hear it often applied to is the one spoken of in 6:18, sexual immorality. I”m not saying that other applications are wrong, but let’s not completely lose sight of Paul’s point.

    I really think we’ll have a lot to talk about around this theme in the coming months. Thanks to each of you for sharing your opening thoughts.

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