SOAP Study - September 24, 2020
1 Corinthians 3:10-15
10 Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.
12 Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw. 13 But on the judgment day, fire will reveal what kind of work each builder has done. The fire will show if a person’s work has any value. 14 If the work survives, that builder will receive a reward. 15 But if the work is burned up, the builder will suffer great loss. The builder will be saved, but like someone barely escaping through a wall of flames.
PERSONAL SOAP STUDY
- What verse stood out to you while you were reading?
- What did you discover about God, yourself, and others?
- How should this information impact your life?
- What needs to be different about the way you are currently living?
- Take some time to talk to God about the things you just learned and how you want your life to look different. Give God thanks for revealing these things to you, ask Him for wisdom and courage to move forward so that you can apply these things to your life.
STAFF SOAP STUDY
The only foundation you want to build on is Jesus. Because what Jesus did changed everything. Jesus saved you and me from our sins so that we might have eternal life and fellowship with God. How do you build on that kind of foundation? We obey God’s great commandment to love God with everything we have and to love our neighbors as ourselves. If we are faithful with what God has given to us, then we can build wisely. What happens if we disregard, deny, twist God’s Word or live for ourselves? We build foolishly using materials that will not last. For any woodworkers who are reading this, they know that the materials you build with matter. You can build something beautiful, but the materials will determine how long that beauty and durability lasts. If we use worthless materials, we can’t be surprised with the outcome. Before Jesus, the quality of our work will be tested. If it was done in service to God, the results will show. If we live for ourselves, the results will show. I think the part that excites me the most is that others are building, too. We are building alongside others who can help us build better. I personally love the thought that I can look back on my life and say that there will be builders beyond me. The buck doesn’t have to stop here.
I think that it is easy to be intimidated about the subject matter of this verse, but don’t miss the beauty in it. Jesus made himself the foundation. We have his permission to build on his foundation. We have to be careful with what we build on Jesus. Let’s make our theology lines up with what Jesus taught. Let’s make sure that what we are celebrating in the lives of those we have been charged with lines up with the teachings of Jesus.
LORD, thank you for building me up, so I can build others up! I see your vision for what can be. Thank you for those who planted the seed and those who now are watering the seeds. I know that you are waiting expectantly for what I can still be. Help me to have that same excitement for the maturity of others, especially those who don’t know that your salvation is for them, too!