Paul: A Wise Masterbuilder
“For we are labourers
togethers with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.
According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, 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. Now
if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay,
stubble; every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work
of what sort it is. If any man’s work abide which he
hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man’s work shall be
burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be
saved; yet so as by fire. Know ye not that ye are the
“Likewise greet the church that is in their house…” – (Rom.16:15).
“..Aguila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house” – (I Cor.16:19).
Paul was a wise masterbuilder of churches.
He knew that God’s building, God’s temple, was not a building made with hands.
God, in these N.T. times, no longer dwells in a dead building, but in the
Paul was a wise masterbuilder of churches and he did no carpenter work or mason work. He knew that God’s N.T. temple, the Church, was not made out of wood or stone, but of saved, sanctified people made of flesh and bone. Paul never paid any carpenter or mason any money to build him a church and he didn’t raise one single dollar during his entire ministry for a dead building that were called churches. Are you listening? Are you following the example of Paul, the wise masterbuilder? I’ve heard many preachers preach on Nehemiah in order to get money for a building because there is certainly no N.T. scripture on it.
Paul was building churches that could never be burnt up; he was spending his time and money getting people saved and ‘edifying’ them and they will never burn in hell. He spent his time erecting the spiritual living house of God, not a large, dead, massive ‘edifice.’ He didn’t go around fleecing the flock to build cathedrals and mega-church buildings with shopping centers and stores and gymnasiums and bible schools. He built nothing that could burn, nothing that could burn, nothing that could burn – “If any man’s work shall be burned - he shall suffer loss…” – amen. Don’t be foolish and build buildings. Paul built not one single church building in his entire life. Don’t follow the world that looks on outward appearance and not the heart like the Lord – don’t be a foolish builder.
Paul built only spiritual church buildings; he built spiritual edifices. Twenty times in the N.T. we find the word ‘edify.’ A true church is built up by the preaching of the gospel to get people saved and born again and they are built up by the teaching of the Word and edification. Our ‘edifice’ is a living church, not a dead building. God dwells in a living church, not dead buildings.
Well, you say “We certainly need a building
of wood and stone to worship in”. No we most certainly do not. We should follow
the example of the wise masterbuilder and meet in homes. “The church that is in their house” –
amen. All false religions in the world are building temples and mosques
and sacred buildings to worship in, spending multiplied millions and
reverencing these dead buildings of wood and stone made with hands. And God’s
true churches met in homes in the early church as a testimony and an example
against them. God’s temple today is built by God the Holy Spirit, not men’s
hands. When Christ dwells in them through the Holy Spirit, they are the living
God doesn’t want mega-churches of thousands of unsaved people playing church in million dollar buildings; He wants small churches of saved, sanctified, born again saints meeting in homes. That’s the way the Lord worked in the book of Acts and should be followed today. Let these worldly, religious people have their dead buildings and reverence them, let us saints meet in homes according to the Word of God. Let us be obedient and follow God’s Word of truth. I’ve heard many preachers speak against home churches and even call them cults, simply because they meet in homes: going directly against God’s Word. It is the preacher in a building that is called a church that is going against God’s Word. Putting up a church sign in front of a building made by hands is heresy. Paul, the wise masterbuilder of churches, would never do it.
Soon will come hard times for the saints and
persecution will break out against them, not just in other nations, but here in
But bringing the church back home will not eliminate all the problems. We will have the same problems of heresy and false prophets and false brethren as the house churches had in the early church. We must have a house church that follows the Bible with only born again saints as members, not mixing the children of God with the children of the Devil. There must be men pastors and deacons and teachers who are in authority with the women in submission. We must end the Jezebel-feminism in our churches. Small churches are the example set by our Lord Jesus as He had only twelve in His church and one was a devil. We must abandon the church building but not the pastor, because a flock without a shepherd is wide open for the devil-wolf. The Word of God must have final authority as Paul the wise masterbuilder taught us and use it to check out house churches as well. When we build our house churches we must follow the wise masterbuilder that the Lord Jesus called to be the apostle to the Gentiles. Going to church or attending church is unscriptural. It is impossible.
O Pastor, make sure your work abides what you build so that you receive Jesus’ reward and that it’s not burnt up. Don’t strive for big buildings and big congregations; strive for born again, holy and righteous members. Don’t worry about ‘how’ you preach but ‘what’ you preach. The pulpit is no place for a spiritual coward.
Remember, that if you’re not saved and born
again and baptized by the Holy Spirit, it doesn’t make any difference where you
worship, either in a house or in St. Peter’s in
tabernacle in the wilderness showed us inward beauty and holiness while the
outside was covered in plain badger skins; In contrast to the temple of Solomon
that was rich, magnificent and gaudy and much more ritualistic and ceremonial
and complicated. The temple of Christ, the church, started the same correct way
as the tabernacle with all beauty and holiness inwardly and meeting in homes
and then turned more and more into Solomon’s temple with expensive church buildings
and no holiness in the people. The
Remember also that turning on the TV on
Sunday and watching an evangelist doesn’t qualify for being a house church. God
doesn’t want you worshipping through a walking, talking image. Throw the wicked
TV out and become a part of God’s holy temple. Shape up if you’re a child of
God because we’ll soon be suffering under a wicked dictator like in
Are you a part of God’s spiritual temple not
made with hands? Have you been saved and born again of God’s Holy Spirit and
baptized with the Holy Spirit? All the water in all the baptistries
in all the world cannot wash your sins away. “For by one Spirit are we all baptized into
body…” – (I Cor.12:13). Repent of your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus
in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and become a
new born again creature in Christ. You are spiritually crucified with Christ
and become a new man, baptized and born again by the Holy Spirit into the
Become a living stone in the living temple of God – Be saved by Christ the chief cornerstone of His spiritual temple – “Ye also as lively stones are built up a spiritual house” – (I Pet.2:5). Be saved by the Master Carpenter, the Lord Jesus Christ, who came to build His Father’s spiritual temple – “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. But he spake of the temple of his body” – (Jn.2:19,21).
Be saved and become a builder in God’s spiritual temple.
Christ in you makes you a part of God’s temple.
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla-
Would love to hear from you!