God Gives the Increase (1 Corinthians 3:1-8)

Bro. Mike Meade, July 22, 2018
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Have you ever been involved in a project from beginning to end? It's very satisfying to see something you started and have been involved with come to completion. But, it is equally as frustrating for us to begin something, being involved at the beginning, but never getting to see it through to completion.

Paul experienced this. In fact, he wrote to the church at Corinth about this very thing. He talks about planting seeds, and Apollos watering them. But he is quick to point out in the same verse that it was God, not either of these men, who gave the increase.

Are you planting seeds in someone's life? Maybe you find yourself as the gardener instead, being used to water the seeds someone else has planted. Regardless of how God is using you in someone's life, it is God Himself who gives the increase.

Tags: Growth, Seeds

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1 Corinthians 3:1-8

1And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men? 4For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal? 5Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 6I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase. 8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. (KJV)

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