The Apostle Paul was a one of the first New Testament
missionaries. He and his co-laborers traveled all over,
preaching the gospel and establishing local churches that
were then turned over to the leadership of local men,
man of whom were saved and discipled under Paul’s ministry.
But there were others that God used to preach the
gospel, see souls saved and disciple those who were
When Paul wrote his first letter to the Corinthians,
there were more than a few problems in that church
that needed to be corrected. Paul had spent a year
and a half in Corinth helping establish that local
church so it was a congregation that was very near
to his heart. One of the problems they had was
division because of “preacher preference.”
Some people prided themselves on the fact
they were converts of Paul. Others prided
themselves on being converts of Apollos or
Peter. This man-centered pride was causing
discord in that local church.
To correct this error in thinking, Paul directed
the believer’s attention back to Jesus. “I have
laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.
But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is
laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 3:10b-11)
Whether you are the one leaving your homeland
to go to a foreign field and preach the gospel or
the one who stays behind to support them while
winning souls and making disciples yourself, we
are each just one part God’s building campaign.
The foundation of it all is Jesus. Therefore,
our motive and our objective in mission should
be nothing other than to bring glory of the Lord
Jesus Christ by sharing the foundational truth of