On the Rock

Intro

>>> What’s true for our homes is true for our lives as well. What you build your life on matters—and it makes all the difference.

Choosing the Right Foundation

Matthew 7:24–27 NLT - “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

WHY

  • Jesus is getting ready to present a radically different message than the people are accustomed to. He’s warning them ahead of time—this isn’t going to be easy.

    • If you’re built on the wrong foundation, you’re never going to make it.

  • The winds of culture are ever changing. The bar is ever moving. What looks like success today, can be considered failure tomorrow.

Matthew 13:20–22 NLT - The seed on the rocky soil represents those who hear the message and immediately receive it with joy. But since they don’t have deep roots, they don’t last long. They fall away as soon as they have problems or are persecuted for believing God’s word. The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced.

Listen, you can pick out the best of the best to build your home. Granite, quartz, and marble countertops. Stone tubs and infinity pools. Built-in cabinetry. Geothermal heating and cooling systems. Top of the line theater and entertainment setup. All of it means nothing if it’s built on the wrong foundation.

HOW

1. Know It

Psalm 119:11 NLT - I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.

2 Timothy 3:16 NLT - All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

Romans 12:2 NLT - Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

  • We spend so much time trying to get God’s Word to line up with our life and what we believe. Paul says, “You’ve got it backwards.” We’ve got to allow God to change the we think—only then will we know His good, please, and perfect will for our life.

2. Grow It

1 Timothy 4:6 NLT - If you explain these things to the brothers and sisters, Timothy, you will be a worthy servant of Christ Jesus, one who is nourished by the message of faith and the good teaching you have followed.

Matthew 4:4 NLT - But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

  • Our faith isn’t so much about what we know, it’s about WHO we know.

  • It’s the difference between religion and relationship.

John 6:35 NLT - Jesus replied, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry again. Whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

3. Show It

James 1:22–25 NLT - But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it.

  • So much of following Christ is doing the next right thing.

THE RESULT

Ephesians 4:13–15 NLT - This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Then we will no longer be immature like children. We won’t be tossed and blown about by every wind of new teaching. We will not be influenced when people try to trick us with lies so clever they sound like the truth. Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.

  • If you want to stand firm, than you’ve got to build your life on the Rock that won’t move. He’s a sure foundation. The Rock on which you can stand and the only One worth building your life upon.

Psalm 16:11 NKJV - You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

  • Fullness of joy can be yours — pleasures forevermore.

Jesus didn’t come to rob you of life—He came that you might have life to the full!

Summary

What you build your life on matters--and choosing the right foundation makes all the difference. The difference between standing strong and be tossed by the storm. What is your life built on? Sinking sand or solid rock--the choice is yours--but the Rock won't move.