1 – Solid Foundation
What you believe determines how you behave.
Right actions are rooted in right belief.
“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” 28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.” (Matthew 7:24-29)
1. If what Jesus taught is true, it should affect the decisions we make.
- The Bible uses the word “Believe” over 150 times!
“Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
2. Bad things happen to everyone.
“ I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
3. The person who rejects Jesus’ teaching will suffer consequences.
“When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:27)
“The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” (2 Peter 3:9)
“I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I’m more afraid of succeeding at things that don’t matter.” – Bob Goff
– Why do you think it is important to know what you believe and why you believe it?
– What do you think keeps people from believing in what the Bible says?
– What would be an example of a solid foundation? What would be an example of a sandy foundation?
– What do you think drives your decision making? How can we encourage each other to make better decisions?
– As you reflect on today’s lesson, what are some things that have stuck out to you?