Summary: A look at the foundational importance of understanding the Genesis account of Creation as reliable - illustrated from Jesus’ Words in Matthew 7:15-29.
I’ve titled my sermon this morning, “Foundations”. The reason for this is that God has impressed on my heart the deep-seated need for this generation of Americans to understand a key difference in how we look at things, how we approach our daily lives and the decisions we make. The foundation that I am going to focus on this morning can be illustrated with a question, speaking about literature. Who here can tell me what kind of a book begins with the words, “Once Upon a Time”?
If you said a fairy tale or made up story, you would be correct. I suggest to you this morning that during the generations represented here in this church, our society has increasingly insisted that the book we claim to be the inspired, inerrant word of God actually begins with “Once Upon A Time”. It is that very concept that I want us to consider this morning because the foundation of your Christian religion and belief system hinges on that very subject, does the Holy Bible really begin with the words “In the beginning, God. . . “, or have we determined as a people and society and even as a church that it should read, “Once Upon A Time”? Is your foundation really on the solid rock of God or on a fairy tale?
If you will, please turn with me in your Bible to the book of Matthew chapter 7 where we will focus this morning on a portion of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount that deals directly with the foundation that we choose to base our faith on. We will begin reading at verse 15 and read through the end of the chapter.
A Tree and Its Fruit
15 "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. 16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? 17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit. 18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.
I Never Knew You
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.’
Build Your House on the Rock
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."