KEY IDEA: (Matt 7:24-27)
A strong foundation makes a strong house.
What is our Mission:
1) Be the church.
2) Do church stuff as the church.
Good deeds by themselves are just that. Good deeds that are done to glorify God and bring to someone the knowledge and reality of God’s love are God deeds.
3) It has to be personal.
a. It affirms community participation.
b. It leads to passionate ownership.
Matt 7:21-23 – Know God
1) An ancient religious wake-up call.
i.Were all about the strict observance of the Law of Moses.
ii. Strict observance meant new laws that were not from God.
iii. Observance of the law became an image thing.
iv. Choosing image over God prompted hypocrisy. (Matt 7:15-20, 15:8-9)
2) A present day reality check.
i. Jesus will become the centre of your life.
ii. Jesus will change the way you live your life in a visible way.
QUESTION TO THINK ABOUT: Can I say that I truly know God, or do I just think I do? What does it mean to truly know God to me?
Matthew 7:21-27 New International Version (NIV)
True and False Disciples
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’
The Wise and Foolish Builders
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.”