1 Cor.3:1-15

The Lord has designed a reward system for his children. Like any father he gets pleasure when we earn rewards that he provides. These rewards show up in your Bible as Crowns. In Rev.4:10-11, we will cast them at the Lord’s feet because He is worthy. Don’t you want to have a crown or two to cast? Moreover, in the process of earning a crown you become far better skilled in each of these areas.

The Crown of Righteousness 2 Tim. 4:1-8

  1. Given to people who love His appearing
  2. Rev.22:20, the bible closes with “Even so, come, Lord Jesus”
  3. Phil.1:23-24, Your desire should be to be with the Lord.
  4. You won’t be loving his appearing if you are not doing right, unlike Paul, 2 Tim.4:7
  5. Rev.3:11 you can lose it.
  6. Don’t ever let the second coming of Christ become commonplace to you.

The Crown of Life James 1:12, and Rev. 2:10

  1. He didn’t say be faithful unto death and he’d give you eternal life.
  2. Eternal life is conditioned upon the blood of Christ.
  3. Jesus promised a crown of life to someone who will put up with temptation and resist it for His sake
  4. In James, it seems to be a reward for enduring temptation.

The Incorruptible Crown 1 Cor. 9:24, 26-27

  1. The passage is about staying in physical condition
  2. Verse 25, there is an Incorruptible crown for the child of God to win.
  3. Temperate means moderate in actions, behavior, etc.
  4. Heb.12:1, lay aside every weight and sin, what is the weight in your life?
  5. You ought to keep to the rules.
  6. 2 Tim. 4:7, “I have finished my course.”
  7. Heb.12:2, I have a course to run and I am to run to win.

The Crown of Glory 1 Peter 5:1-4

  1. For the faithful shepherd who feds the flock the word of God.
  2. It can apply to woman missionary, or a Sunday school teacher, or parents.
  3. The New Testament is very clear that all saved people are to be teaching someone the word of God, not just for preachers, Eph.4:11-16
  4. John 21:15-17 Feed my sheep

The Crown of Rejoicing 1 Thess. 2:19-20

  1. The soul winner’s crown, leading others to Christ, Phil.4:1
  2. Why? Luke 15:7,10 Every time a sinner gets saved there is joy in heaven.
  3. It’s different up there. Don’t go home empty handed.