29 Jan Build A Christian Faith That Is Worth Its Price
Build A Christian Faith That Is Worth Its Price
It seems possible that two believers can be in the church, hearing the same Christian message, having the same Bible knowledge, being equally gifted and talented, having even the same positive attitude to serve, yet there comes a day when one of them may find that something is really wrong at the base of his Christian religion. We need to seriously reflect: Are we building our house (our Christian faith) on the rock or on the sand?
Build A Christian Faith That Is Worth Its Price:
* Common principle: value something ⟹ work hard for it
* Yet, there are always segments of disconnections in our faith
* Knowing value ⇏ having a sense of value ⇏ working hard for it
* Usual way of provoking spirituality: “guilt-blame”
* However, “guilt-blame” doesn’t change the intention of the heart
* Learn Jesus’ Example
* Understand the Crux of Christian ministry
Verses to read: <Mat 7:24-27>
1. Two builders (Wise and Foolish)
2. Two houses – How they were built?
3. The common trial – Rain Came, stream rose, wind blow
4. The result of that trial
1. Two builders (Wise and Foolish)
1) Right after having knowledge about God, we are always building something
2) Similarities of both builders
- Both are gifted and talented
- Both have good attitude
- Both have knowledge and skill
3) Only one stark Difference: One is a Doer of the Word, the other is not.
- Sincere ⟺ Pretentious
- Substantial (in belief) ⟺ Superficial (in belief)
- Honest Work ⟺ Exterior Work
- Outlived the storm ⟺ Brought to total destruction
*** Wise builder might have spent much more time, effort and money building his house
2. Two Houses – How it was built?
1) In due process, both houses was built up
- The exterior (seen) portion of both houses looks exactly the same
2) Only difference: One was built with great pain and cost, the other was built with ease
* The result of this difference lies at the foundation (unseen portion) of the house
⟹ Renewing and strengthening of your inner man
- <2 Cor 4:16> Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day.
- <Pro 20:27> The spirit of man is the lamp of the LORD, Searching all the innermost parts of his being.
- <Eph 3:16>… that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man.
3) How to know whether your faith was built on the Rock (after hearing the word)?
- Have a true sense of sin
- Always seeking for real faith
- Pursues a “worked experience” of divine truth.
** These are critical elements of our faith that has to be built over time and spiritual struggles.
3. Common trial faced by the two houses and builders
1) Understand that judgment must begin at the house of God <1 Peter 4:17>
2) Understand the increasing wickedness of end times <Mat 24:4-25>
- ⟹ Rain Came, stream rose (Judgment – Worldly trials and temptations)
- ⟹ wind blow (Ruler of the Air – blasphemous suggestions, horrible temptations, or artful insinuations in the hearts of men)
4. The Great Contrasting results of the trial
- Safe, Secure, Providing shelter to others ⟺ Total devastation, never to recover again
- What to do now? Start putting the word into practice…
- Have you been “guilt blame” before? Have you done it to others? Has it worked?
- Are there some realities that hit you (in life) that make you realize that your faith is not built on solid rock? Share.
- What in your opinion is the hardest thing to build in your Christian Faith?