Jesus: Our Solid Foundation
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’ 24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand.27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” 28 And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at His teaching, 29 for He was teaching them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes." (Matthew 7:21-29, ESV)
"Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? (Psalm 15:3, ESV)
21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven
22 On that day many will say to Me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ 23 And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’
"The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned." (1 Corinthians 2:14, ESV)
"Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God." (Colossians 3:16, ESV)
"15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is." (Ephesians 5:15-17, ESV)
LifeGroup Week 4
Why is the foundation of a home so important?
Can you think of any examples where the foundation of a structure was overlooked/flawed?
What parallels can we take from the above example and apply to our spiritual lives?
Read Isaiah 28:16 and Psalm 118:22.
1. How do these passages identify CHRIST?
2. What is the purpose of a “cornerstone”
3. Using this definition, explain the significance of CHRIST being identified as the “cornerstone”?
4. There is danger in building a structure without a cornerstone…but what dangers exist within the church if CHRIST is not the cornerstone (focal point/point of reference)
5. Read 1 Cor. 12:14-18. What does this passage highlight about us being living stones built on the foundation of Christ?
Read Ephesians 2:18-22.
6. What is our foundation built on, according to v. 20?
7. How does Matt.16:18 parallel with Eph. 2:20?
8. This passage identifies CHRIST as being the “Cornerstone”. But what does this passage say happens through CHRIST being the “Cornerstone” in v21-22?
Jesus is the best foundation from which to build on, but He is also the best cornerstone from which to build around. Not only is Jesus the foundation, but he is also the builder--placing his followers as living stones where He pleases in order that we would grow corporately into a temple.