What Foundation Are You Building On?

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You may have built your house on the wrong foundation in the past, yet it’s been able to stand up and withstand some small storms. But things can look drastically different when the storms rage for long periods of time and continue to deliver consistent powerful hits; your house may not withstand this type of storm if it's on the wrong foundation.

In Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 7, Jesus tells us that you can build your house upon the foundation of Scripture or you can go your own way – but a storm is coming. When the storm comes, you need to decide which of these houses do you want to be living in. Jesus, in verse 24, says, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” In this passage, Jesus is defining for us a biblical worldview where you take teachings of Jesus and use those teachings as a lens through which you're going to see the world and make your decisions. It's not going to be based on what other people are saying. It's not going to be based on what is culturally popular. It's going to be based on the words of Jesus. 

As a community of believers, we want to our homes and our lives on this firm foundation where we take the words of Jesus and we apply them to our lives. We help each other, we encourage each other, and we challenge each other. And we pay attention to one another's foundations because they matters. The foundation has immense value because it defines the outcome when a storm comes.

Reflection/Discussion Question: How can you lovingly encourage a friend or family member to examine the foundation of their life?

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