Summary: Todays call to worship is all about building our lives on the rock of our salvation. That rock is Jesus Christ. He is described for us as the Corner Stone. We are also described as Living Stones built on Him.
Like A Rock
Last week I introduced a new construction project to you. The project was entitled Lets Build a Church. As I outlined that project I finished by listing seven things that we could do that would help build our church. This week I would like to expand on one of those seven points. Id like to talk about the first one which was:
Be willing to witness and let your life be a witness to others
Todays call to worship is all about building our lives on the rock of our salvation. That rock is Jesus Christ. He is described for us as the Corner Stone. We are also described as Living Stones built on Him. So if we are to follow the scriptural design for building our church and our individual Christian lives we must lay ourselves on the cornerstone that is Jesus Christ.
We must then be witnesses to the benefits of building on such a foundation. Now last week I talked about my poor construction abilities and how that dog house I tried to build ended up looking like any thing but a dog house. Well before I met Jesus my life kind of looked liked that dog house I had built.
My life was all wrong. My design was all haphazard. I had built my life using all kinds of different materials with no standard lengths or widths. My fasteners were all different too. There were all kinds of different nails and glues and hinges that I had used to try to keep my life together to resemble something strong and useful but in reality it was poorly constructed and looked a mess.
You see before I met Jesus I was like the man building his house on the sand. The sand would shift and so would I as I tried to keep my balance all while trying to build something solid out of my life. I had forgotten that we need to build our lives on the corner stone of our faith, Jesus Christ.
I would like to share with you today about how Jesus taught me to trust Him with the design and construction of my life since I obviously had made a mess of it. I would like to demonstrate this to you by exercising the first point I made last week about how to build a church by witnessing to you about the life changing power and soul saving love of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This is what is called a testimony. We all have heard and may have used that word before and we know it as a legal word used in courts of law.
Testimony means that the words spoken are true and reflect the facts correctly. It also means that the testimony can be challenged by cross-examination in order to disprove or clarify specific points or details. Well you now can be the judge and you will hear my testimony and you can cross-examine it and see if the truth that I speak holds up.
I now present myself as your witness to what Jesus Christ can do when a life is surrendered to him.
15But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.