The Foundation Matters

NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD ON SUNDAY, August 12, 2018 IN THE 10:30 AM SERVICE.  FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES.  FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO THE THE WEBSITE AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

 Luke 6:46–49 (NKJV)

  • 46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Can I See Your ID, Please?

  • 46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say?”

Words are vehicles of information.  Words deliver life or death.  The Word of God is life.  However,

Actions demonstrate the character and relationship that comes from that life.

The Solid, Sure Foundation

  • 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock.

I remember Lisa and I building a house back in the late 1980’s in Rockwell.  It still stands today on Shuping Mill Road.  When it came time to start, we had a contractor friend who gave us a discount and helped us build it ourselves, investing much sweat equity in the project.  The first thing we has to take care of was the foundation.  I called my Uncle Jacob, who specialized in hauling and grading, to come and dig the footers for the foundation.  It was amazing to see how he used the backhoe to dig trenchesHearing the Word is not enough.

Many people go to church every week, or at least most weeks.

They hear good gospel preaching and Bible Scriptures.

Sunday School gets you a little closer to understanding the Scripture as you can ask questions and follow up during the week

Small Groups get you even closer to living out the Word, as you interact with the Word and other believers to work out how to live it daily.

Personal Devotion is key to a Godly life.

However, you can hear the Word, study the Word, interact with the Word and others, and still not do the Word. 

James 2:26 (NKJV) says, “For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”

I am not even talking about what you do at church.  The corporate acts of worship and service to the Kingdom of God have great value, but

What you do when you are not at church is just as important.

DO THE WORD DAILY!  WHY?

Because you need a foundation on the Rock!

The foundation must be sure.

There is a solid foundation already laid, Jesus Christ.  You can go build on that homesite and be secure.

When the Storm Comes

  • And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.

Digging a foundation on a rock takes work.  Flattening out the rock, leveling the base, building up the low places, or—at the very least—fitting the bottom of the house to the terrain of the rock, takes elbow grease.  It takes blood, sweat, and tears.  But when the storms of life come (and they will), you will be thankful for that solid foundation.  When the flood waters rise, you will be happy to have shed a little blood, perspired a little, and cried tears over knowing and doing the Word.  When the stream beats against your marriage, you will be thankful for the times you got up early, read the Word, and then lived it throughout the day.  When you children go through bad times, you will be glad you showed them how to be a man of God or a woman of God.  Telling them is not enough!!  God wants you to model that life of doing the Word.  For when you have shown them how to live and do the Word, they will be able to stand in the tough times. 

You cannot build a great home on a shifting, dangerous, crooked foundation.  You need a solid foundation in order to build a great house.  Therefore, for the sake of all those who will follow you, build the house of (your last name) on the solid foundation of knowing AND doing the Word of God!

  • 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

The rock is divine truth

Sand is human truth

Some, though, choose to go dig a foundation on top of a sandpit, or lay down concrete in a swamp and build, or lay your framing on top of a leaning rock and expect those houses to stand!

Sand – instability, shifting, not strong

Swamp – deteriorating substance, wet, rotting, dangerous (alligators, snakes, etc.), destructive

Leaning rock – disorienting, not a focused view, skewed understanding of truth, possible sliding instead of sure location

Why would you go over there to build?  Filet mignon v. Green eggs and ham.  Five star facility v. Shack in the woods.  A skyscraper will not stand on a chicken coop foundation.

Some people want a little sand with their rock.  I want to mix politics and spirituality.  I want a little Oprah with my Billy Graham.  Give me some hip-hop, rock, or country with my gospel music.  Let me party at the club on Saturday night and drag my sorry self into church on Sunday morning so Mama don’t fuss.  When Salt Life or Thug Life or My Life gets in the way of the Life of Christ, you need to get your foundation right!

Don’t take orthodoxy (right doctrine) and dip it in the logic of the world.  Man’s thoughts cannot add value to the word of God.  They may interpret it, but they cannot define it.

When you ride a horse, you cannot say Hya, Giddyup, and then pull back on the reins.  Don’t say, “Ride on King Jesus” and then pull back divine wisdom by subjecting it to human wisdom.

The Storms will come.  The foundation is the key to how you will survive the storm. 

Takeaway Thoughts

  • You Need a Strong Foundation
  • The Word is the Strong Foundation:  Hearing, Knowing, DOING!
  • Stay away from Sand, Swamp, and Sliding Foundations.  Build on the Rock!
  • What is Under Your Feet?

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