Scripture

Matthew 7:24-29 (NIV)

24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

1 Peter 5:5-6 (NKJV)
“God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time”.

Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV)
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Questions

Reading Jesus’ parable in Matt 7, why is following His teaching like building a house on rock?

What are some of the things you currently build your life on to an unhealthy degree? (Career? Relationships? Money?). Why is pursuing these things like building on sand?

Julie mentioned how pride, unforgiveness and isolation can be major cracks in our foundation. Did any of these resonate with you? Why do you think these things are so destructive in our lives?


Practical Application

“Friends, storms come. They always do. No one who walks the face of
this earth is exempt from a storm; and when your foundation is strong, when you deal with the cracks – the way we face storms and life’s trials totally change. And the beautiful thing is – we all can do something
about our foundations.”
(Julie Wiemann – Leadership & Ministry Director)
Why not take the verses below as a prayer this week and spend some time
opening up yourself to the Holy Spirit’s illuminating work. Ask Him to open your eyes to any cracks in the foundation of your life, to see any unhealthy habits or negative things you are harboring, and to help you turn to God’s ways for your life.
“Search me, God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.”
(Psalm 139:23-24)

Discussion

Matt 7 is perhaps one of the most famous of Jesus’ parables. He uses the
illustration of two men and the building of their houses to communicate that
what we build our life on really matters.
Join Will and Julie as they discuss how unhealthy and healthy
foundations show up in our lives.

Go Further

The Unexpected Secret to Joy – Article by Matt Smethurst
Build My Life – Song by Pat Barrett