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The Right 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 is the hope for humanity? It was once believed civilization would bring a utopian society. The world developed around the idea that philosophy, education, knowledge, culture, and housing would create harmony among humans. On the contrary, our civilization has produced greater and more violent wars. Civilization has ended, not in utopia, but failure. In this sermon on 1 Corinthians 3:11, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explores divisions in the Corinthian church. Unity is threatened as a popularity contest ensues. The apostle Paul is compelled to deal with the problem as it affects the cross. The Corinthian problem is found in their cracked foundation. Dr. Lloyd-Jones explains that if the foundation is not right, nothing is right. The right foundation deals with two fundamental questions. First, who is man? And second, who is God? The right foundation is laid, not by man, but by God in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Without this foundation, life becomes completely meaningless, descending into chaos and division. What is the problem with humanity? The answer is not the lack of education, politics, or culture. The human problem is that we've built our own foundation on sand. Listen in as Dr. Lloyd-Jones proclaims Jesus Christ alone as the adequate 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.