FOUNDATIONS OF FAITH
9 For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
10 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.
11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 If any man builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
13 his work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each man's work.
14 If what he has built survives, he will receive his reward.
Empire State Building 55 / 1253. One WTC 150 / 1776. The Dubai 175 / 2772.
The higher the building the stronger the foundation has to be.
Foundations are the key to anything. Especially our Christian lives.
Every foundation has a beginning. A cornerstone that starts the structure. From there everything else is added.
THE CORNERSTONE OF OUR FAITH IS A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRIST.
The cornerstone of our faith is laid in place when we ask Jesus to be our Lord and Savior. Nothing else can be done without this first step. No one can do this for you.
Every person who claims the name of Jesus, must know beyond a shadow of a doubt when and how they asked Jesus into their heart and life.
That is when the faith structure of your life began. Christ is the foundation you can always come back to.
TWO: THE FOUNDATIONAL STRUCTURE OF OUR FAITH IS CHRIST THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT.
The Holy Spirit in his grace and love reaches out to our hearts and minds to show us our spiritual need.
Christ is the foundation of our faith. He makes his presence known by the Holy Spirit.
As Spirit he can be with all of us at the same time, with everyone anywhere anytime.
The Holy Spirit is the one that knocks on the doors of our hearts and heads and gets us to pay attention to our spiritual need.
Part of the foundation of our faith is the Holy Spirit doing his work in our lives.
We often say that Christ lives in our hearts. He does. Via the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the footing for the structure of a Christian life.
We need to ask the Holy Spirit to take up residence in our hearts so that we can always live a faithful life. When we ask the Holy Spirit to do this we call it being sanctified.
If Christ is the concrete foundation then the Holy Spirit is the footing, the rebar, or steel structure that gives the foundation strength.
The Holy Spirit living in our hearts, sanctifying us, is what holds the work that Christ did in cleansing us in place.
You need to know when you asked the Holy Spirit to fill you.
Once you know you are saved from sin, once you know you are filled with the Holy Spirit you have a solid foundation from which to work on building a Christian life.
THREE: A PROPERLY CONSTRUCTED CHRISTIAN LIFE HAS MANY PARTS ALL OF WHICH ARE FUNCTIONAL AND COMPLIMENTARY.
I believe we will all agree that a house no matter how great the structure is, isn’t much of a house if it does not have electricity, plumbing and HVAC.
Every believer needs three essential systems to run properly.
Prayer, worship and Bible reading are all essential to faith maintenance. They work together and complement one another.
Prayer is a spiritual exercise that takes place in a physical world. It is more essential to our spiritual lives than electricity is to our daily lives.
Worship is essential to our spiritual lives. Personal time alone with the Lord and times of public gathered worship are both important.
Most people pray less than 3 minutes a day, rarely read the scriptures and average attending only 2 church services a month.
Worship is essential to the foundation of our Christian life.
Bible reading is in many ways tied to worship. We have more bibles and more access to bibles than ever yet we spend less time reading them.
Bible reading is foundational to our Christian life. It is not easy. It is, at times frustrating. But it is also extremely rewarding. Your Christian walk has to have the Word of God to run smoothly.
Prayer, worship and Bible reading are all functioning complementary essentials to your Christian life. Without them you don’t have much of a life.
FOUR: PROPER CONSTRUCTION IS DEPENDENT ON THE PIECES BEING IN PLACE.
Although we are told we have different functions we tend to believe we all ought to function alike.
We all should find our place and fulfill it and quit worrying about how or when or if others are doing their part.
All of us have something we can and should do. And the only way to figure out what that is, is to keep trying.
If you are going to build your Christian life you have to know your function.
What is this message about today? Simple. We all need these four essentials
1. We must know we are saved and in a right relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.
2. We must be filled with the Holy Spirit so that we can live in that relationship.
3. We must practice faith essentials to build our lives: prayer, worship and bible reading are the three most important.
4. We must find and function in our place in the body of Christ. If we can do these four things we will have a solid foundation to build a long life of faith in Christ.