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The Only Foundation

Itinerant Preaching

A Sermon on 1 Corinthians 3:11

For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. (ESV)

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What are you building your life on? After Paul’s departure from the Corinthian church, it had started to divide itself into factions. He perceived that the trouble lay at the very foundation itself. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains from 1 Corinthians 3:11 that it is the same today when the world tries to deal with the symptoms of evil while avoiding the problem at its foundation: that it has no foundation. Not only that, man in himself is completely incapable of providing a foundation. He has astounding knowledge and accomplishments, yet he’s been unable to find a solution to all his troubles. His approach is wrong. He’s in too much of a hurry. He does not understand himself. He senses that there’s something or someone greater than himself, yet he has no desire for the Church or of Christ. The Bible, on the other hand, deals with the great question of the foundation of life itself. It tells us of One who is a flawless inspector, who will judge the foundation of all of our lives based on His own perfect standards. Yet, this inspector is also the One who came to seek and save the lost. He offered Himself up as God in flesh to become the Church’s one, exclusive, firm foundation.

Additional Scripture Translations

1 Corinthians 3:11, New American Standard Bible

11For no one can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:11, King James Version

11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

About Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsh evangelical minister who preached and taught in the Reformed tradition. His principal ministry was at Westminster Chapel, in central London, from 1939-1968, where he delivered multi-year expositions on books of the bible such as Romans, Ephesians and the Gospel of John. In addition to the MLJ Trust’s collection of 1,600 of these sermons in audio format, most of these great sermon series are available in book form (including a 14 volume collection of the Romans sermons), as are other series such as "Spiritual Depression", "Studies in the Sermon on the Mount" and "Great Biblical Doctrines". He is considered by many evangelical leaders today to be an authority on biblical truth and the sufficiency of Scripture.