Foundations

Posted: August 8, 2015 in TLCC
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Jesus is the foundation of our faith. Not traditions nor the people in the church. In Luke 6:46-49, we are going to do our study in reverse. We will start with the parable then end with a question.

Jesus tells a story to end the sermon on the mount. Stories have ways to make people remember, we should learn from this. He comes to a closing point. He talks about two kinds of listeners…one who hears and does it vs. one who hears and doesn’t do it. In short, He is saying, we should apply what we heard.

47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:

48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.

49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.”

#1 Christ is our foundation.
Let us be clear that our foundation is Christ. Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:11 that “no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” Our foundation is not traditions, nor is people. Our foundation should be Christ. We come to church, week after week. We study Jesus in our small groups. Yet if we don’t apply what we learn, we’re just like building kingdoms made of sand. If you don’t stand for something, you’d fall for anything.

Foundations are important. They will determine our our decision making every day. If our foundations are shaky, we will crumble. Let’s narrow this down. Who is your foundation?

Is your life centered on Christ? What’s your goal in life?

Is your relationships centered on Christ? Are my friends bringing me closer to Him?

Is your work/study centered on Christ? What’s the reason why I study/work?

Is your money centered on Christ? Where do my money go?

There’s a hymn that goes…

On Christ the solid rock I stand,
all other ground is sinking sand.

Is this true to us?

We then focus on the verse…

Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them…

This is very simple. When we come to Christ, we hear his words and now we do them.

#2 We obey his commands.
We hear God’s word and act on it. We love Him when we obey his commands.

John 14:15 – If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

1 John 2:3 – And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments.

1 John 5:2 – By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.

James 1:22 – But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

You may ask…What are his commands?

As we read the Bible, we come to passages which we should act on. It’s not just highlighting your Bibles. You act on what you read. Examples are…

1. Repent—Matthew 4:17, Luke 13:3
2. Let not your heart be troubled—John 14:27, John 16:33, Matthew 6:25-26, Philippians 4:6-7
3. Follow me—Matthew 4:19
4. Rejoice—Matthew 5:12, (Also 2 Corinthians 6:10, 12:10, James 1:2-4)
5. Let your light shine—Matthew 5:16
6. Honor God’s law—Matthew 5:17-19
7. Be reconciled—Matthew 5:24-25
8. Do not commit adultery—Matthew 5:27-30
9. Keep your word—Matthew 5:33-37
10. Go the second mile—Matthew 5:38-42
11. Love your enemies—Matthew 5:44
12. Be perfect—Matthew 5:48
13. Practice secret disciplines (giving, praying, fasting)—Matthew 6:1-18
14. Lay up treasures in heaven—Matthew 6:19-21
15. Seek first the kingdom of God—Matthew 6:33
16. Judge not—Matthew 7:1-2
17. Do not throw your pearls to pigs—Matthew 7:6
18. Ask, seek, and knock—Matthew 7:7-8
19. Do unto others—Matthew 7:12
20. Choose the narrow way—Matthew 7:13-14
21. Beware of false prophets—Matthew 7:15
22. Pray for those who spread the word—Matthew 9:37-38
23. Be as shrewd as serpents—Matthew 10:16. (Also Romans 16:19)
24. Fear God. Do not fear man— Matthew 10:28 (Also Luke 12:4-5)
25. Listen to God’s voice—Matthew 11:15, 13:9, 13:43, Mark 4:23, Luke 14:35, 1 Kings 19:11-13
26.Take my yoke—Matthew 11:29
27. Honor your parents—Matthew 15:4
28. Beware of false teaching—Matthew 16:6, 11-12
29. Deny yourself—Luke 9:23 (Also Matthew 10:38 and Mark 8:34)
30. Do not despise little ones—Matthew 18:10
31. Go to Christians who offend you—Matthew 18:15 (Also Galatians 6:1)
32. Forgive offenders—Matthew 18:21-22 (Also Proverbs 19:11)
33. Beware of covetousness—Luke 12:15
34. Honor marriage—Matthew 19:6, 19:9
35. Lead by being a servant—Matthew 20:26-28
36. Make the church a house of prayer for all nations—Mark 11:17
37. Pray in faith—Matthew 21:21-22, John 15:7
38. Bring in the poor—Luke 14:12-14
39. Render unto Caesar—Matthew 22:19-21
40. Love the Lord—Matthew 22:37-38
41. Love your neighbor—Matthew 22:39
42. Be born again—John 3:7
43. Await my return—Matthew 24:42-44
44. Celebrate the Lord’s supper—Matthew 26:26-27
45. Watch and pray—Matthew 26:41
46. Keep my commandments—John 14:15
47. Feed my sheep—John 21:15-16
48. Make and baptize disciples—Matthew 28:19
49. Teach disciples to obey—Matthew 28:20
50. Receive God’s power—Luke 24:49

These are just some of the commands of Jesus Christ. As we study Scriptures, we realize that God actually speaks to us, and this should lead us to action. It’s not just highlighting your Bibles. You act on what you read. Which leads us to…

46 “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you?

#3 Lordship is an all or nothing approach.
He’s Lord of all or none at all. When we know our position in Christ, it suddenly dawns on us that it’s about Lordship. We are slaves of Christ. Knowing our role and who the Master is. It’s either we are slaves of sin or of Christ. Sin is a cruel taskmaster promising a lot but delivering nothing. Truth is, we are willing slaves.

Romans 6:16 – Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?

Who’s slave are you? God is not interested in our “spiritual life”. God is interested in our life. Period.

We have been talking about the sermon on the mount and if you want to review, you can go to TLCC’s Facebook page or simply check the blog page week after week. We shouldn’t just listen and then go, or read then click like.

Sermons should be acted on. Scriptures should challenge us. There should be a change in lifestyle. If there isn’t, this should make us ask if we are indeed followers of Christ.

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