In building work there are many kinds of foundation. Differing situations, the proximity of trees , varying land conditions can all combine to determine the shape and type of foundation required. Building on sand is often easier, cheaper and can be more comfortable than building upon solid rock. However it usually leaves the building exposed to the elements and when storms arise it is easy to see the kind of foundation upon which the construction was established. During the hurricane season in the USA it is not uncommon to see buildings literally ripped up from their foundations.
When Michael Eisner, head of the Disney Corporation, had plans drawn up for a house, one wall was so thin it almost buckled under its own weight. Another software billionaire’s house had pine panelling that rotted out before the house was even completed. Were they too busy to notice? No, most architects say, people find construction details boring; they’d rather spend their money on more cosmetic stuff. Yet an important truth regarding any kind of building work needs to be remembered that it is the foundation that determines the height, the width, the strength, and ultimately the value of the house.
The same principle applies to the church and even more significantly the lives of its members and those they are seeking to reach.Houses built on sand are quick, cheap and easy; they provide temporary comfort and instant gratification. But building on a foundation of rock is hard: it takes time, effort, foresight and perseverance – but the results are worth it. Jesus says in MATTHEW 7:24 “Therefore if everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock”.
Paul in 1 Corinthians 3:10 declares how important the laying of good foundations upon God’s word are to the long term effectiveness of what is being constructed;
“By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds.” Successful Christian minstry is the result of commitment, consistency and building according to God?s Word. Similarly successful christian living is the result of commitment, to the same things. When you make those things the foundation of your life, you can make it through life’s variable weather patterns. Today there’s a lot of flaky stuff being pedalled in the name of truth. We need to be building upon a strong foundation of the truth of God’s word.
A Prophetic word, in 2008, encouraged us in Life Church to think foundationally and as a result we put together Sunday series entitled not suprisingly Foundations. This series aims to cover often neglected but foundational topics such as Eternity, Heaven and Hell, Salvation, Faith, God is Father, Son and Spirit, Water Baptism and being filled with the Holy Spirit.
These biblical subjects and concepts give us our spiritual foundations.Without good foundations even the most expensive of buildings can fall. Our hope is that this church is here for the long haul and we want it to stand firm on the best of spirittual foundations. We also want the lives of those that we touch to be secured by the good basis of God’s word.
You can access the Foundation Series sermons via this page – click here!