Does our society encourage us to think about the foundation of our lives? Or is our society more oriented towards those things that are the facade in our lives? In today’s message, guest speaker, Todd Lester, looks to Matthew 7:24 as we learn a lesson from architecture. Together we discover some specific habits that help contribute to a solid foundation in our lives.
A Lesson From Architecture
Speaker: Todd Lester
Date: April 28, 2019
Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Text: Matthew 7:24
1. I AM BELOVED BY GOD
Text: Ephesians 1:4-5
Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us … and it gave Him great pleasure.
Text: 1 John 3:1
See how very much our Father loves us, for He calls us his children, and that is what we are!
2. I BELONG TO GOD’S FAMILY
Text: Romans 12:5
So it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Text: Hebrews 10:25
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another.
Text: 1 Peter 4:9
Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
3. I AM BECOMING LIKE JESUS
Text: Ephesians 5:2
Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ.
Text: Matthew 9:36
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
1. Does our society encourage us to think about the foundation of our lives? Or is our society more oriented towards those things that are the facade in our lives?
2. How do habits work in building a solid foundation for your life? What are the specific habits that contribute to a solid foundation for your life?
3. Do you agree with the pastor when he said, “Your number one duty is to be loved by God.” Is this our normal orientation in our relationship to God? What things happen in our lives that make it difficult to believe that you are beloved by God?
4. Do you find it difficult to accept the idea presented in Romans 12:5, that you belong to each other in the body of Christ? Is this a counter-cultural concept? What makes this so difficult to practice?
5. Have you ever had anyone tell you, “You’re headed in the wrong direction”? What are the excuses we use to not provide that kind of guidance to people. Should we be more willing to accept this kind of guidance? Should we be more willing to provide this kind of guidance? What would be the right context for this to happen?
6. As you consider the idea of ‘becoming like Jesus,’ do you see progress and change over the past five years, ten years, twenty years? What do you think are appropriate goals for you over the next five years, if you desire to become life Jesus?
7. What do you think of the quote from Bob Pierce, “Let my heart break for the things that break the heart of God.” What could that mean for the way we live out our values in our city and our church?