Summary: This sermon looks at the closing words from the sermon on the Mt. and applies it today's global pandemic.
Text: Matthew 7:24-29
Big idea ? “build your house on the Rock”
Introduction ... The Problem– Storms!
Can we find Peace in the pandemic?
the Covid -19 pandemic makes “snow-maggen” look like a picnic in Bowering Park in a sunny afternoon.
Worldwide we seem to be in a second wave... case loads are surging.
This week West-Jet has decided to cancel flight to St. Johns and a number of other cities as the airline industry is being devastated.
We might need to start building some dories if we ever want to get off this island ever again!
Sometimes I like to ask people “how is the weather in your world?”
I’m not asking for a weather report – I’m asking about your life?
• Well it's all blue skies, pastor
• There’s a storm brewing pastor
• We’ve just been through a hurricane, pastor
• It's very windy today...things are being blown all around; nothing is staying put.
? Oil patch/jobs/
? Moral decay
? Govt deficits
? ...Politics ! ....Lives down-stream from culture.
? Even the church is losing it's way...
Declining church attendance...(N America)
ZERO – THE NEW NORMAL IS NOT HAVING ATTENDED A SINGLE RELIGIOUS SERVICE IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS
...poll shows there are nearly eight times as many Canadians who never attend religious services as those who attend once, twice or three times a month.
It's very stormy!!!
1. You Have A Lot At Stake – A House/Life.
? Your trying to life your life...
? Success...family...career... working hard...save for a house/mortgage... have some kids
? You want them to know Jesus...
? You don’t want them to stray...
2. The Solution – Jesus Words
Did you watch the debates?
People are listening to the words...
....some say.... “Lets stack the supreme court”... that will solve our problems
This may not sound like a quick fix
Jesus isn’t offering “storm-prevention” - “storm-proof”
Jesus words: (mostly from sermon on Mt)
• Except you are born again you cannot see the kingdom of God! )john 3)
• What should it profit a “man” if he gains the whole world but lose his own soul” (Luke 16
• Greatest command ? love God; love neighbour; (love enemies)
• Don’t lay up treasure on earth ....Seek first the kingdom
o Which means...Choose his kingdom over this kingdom!
• Turn the other cheek...
• Give to the needy – but don’t brag about it
• Pray... (Lord’s prayer...)
• Do not worry!
• Be careful of sawdust and 2 x 4’s (ch 7:3)
Recommendation – read the gospels – your life depends on it!
3. Call To Action ... practise Jesus/follow Jesus –
This requires faith!!! Do you believe in Jesus? Do you trust him?
Decide...make a commitment.
Who are you listening to?
Who are you building your life on?
• Financial advisor
• Best friend
• Experts in their respective field
It may even seem we can float along with no need of Jesus.
But not good enough... not good enough to build your life on.
Jesus separates us into 2 kinds of people –
(1) wise practise Jesus teaching
(2) foolish fail to practise Jesus teachings.
4. A Testimonial –
Conversion Story of Author Frederica Mathewes-Greene
"The Dick Staub Interview: Frederica Mathewes-Greene," ChristianityToday.com, (10-1-02)
Author Frederica Mathewes-Greene said:
... as a teen I began to doubt the entire Christian story. I felt almost as if I'd had somebody try to cheat me. They had fed me this long, complex story about virgin birth, born in a manger, died on a cross, came back to life?it just sounded preposterous to me. I thought that it was something that no normal, sane person could be expected to believe, and I'd been made a fool.
I began then to consider atheism, agnosticism, and various other religions. But I rejected Christianity with vehemence. Initially I chose Hinduism because it seemed to me the most intriguing and colorful of all the different world religions.
[What ultimately led me out of Hinduism] was a strange experience. I was with my husband on our honeymoon, hitchhiking around Europe. He was an atheist who had been assigned in one of his classes to read a gospel. And he kept saying, "There's something about Jesus. I've never encountered anyone like this before. I know that he's speaking the truth. I'm an atheist. But if Jesus says there's a God, there must be a God."
It was a very scary experience for me, because I didn't want him to be a Christian. He was not ready to make a full commitment to Christ at that point, but he was curious and wanted to study more?.