Summary: Is your life, marriage, home, and faith built on a firm foundation or on sinking sand?
The Rock That Doesn’t Roll
Good morning! What a great joy it is to be with you this morning. I trust that you’ve come with an open heart and mind this morning and that you want to hear from God and not from just another preacher. I want you to know I’m not here to entertain you or to try to impress you with fancy words or just a bunch of bible knowledge this morning. I mean look at me folks; I’m as plain as they come and in my own strength what you see up here behind the pulpit couldn’t sell a glass of water to a man dying of thirst. But I’m not here to sell anything. I’m here to share something with you that’s free.
The word of God tells us in Isaiah 55:1, “If you’re thirsty, come to the water”. Jesus said, “If any man drinks of this water he’ll thirst again, but if he drinks the water I offer he’ll never thirst.” Folks in Jesus Christ we’re drawing from the well that never runs dry! So let’s turn our eyes upon Jesus this morning. He’s our stability in this crumbling world that we live in. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and it beat on that house, and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.”
The rock! Let me ask you something this morning, Is your life built on the rock? Is your marriage built on the rock? Is your home built on the rock? What about your faith? Is your faith built on the rock? I want to talk about that rock this morning. Turn to the Gospel of Matthew chapter 16. We’re going to be looking at verses 13-20. I’ve entitled today’s message, “The Rock that doesn’t Roll.” As you’re turning there I want to remind us that the word of God is the ultimate source of truth in a world that full of false hope. The world will tell you it’s impossible, but God says, “All things are possible.” The world will tell you, “Nobody really loves you, you’re not worth anything.” But Jesus says, “I love you and I care about you, cast all your cares upon Me. Greater love has no man than this that a man lay down his life for his friends. You are worth it.”
Friend, I want to tell you this, nobody ever loved you like Jesus does. And when the devil messes with you and you can’t figure things out and you don’t know which way to turn, God says, “Acknowledge Me in all of your ways and I’ll direct your every step.” Folks, when we read the word of God we read truth! I mean, we don’t just use truth as a theological term; His word is truth because He’s truth! Look with me at Matthew 16, verses 13-20. (Read Matt. 16:13-20/Pray)
You know, in God’s Word there are some passages that we are more familiar with than others and there are those that we use frequently to get our point across. One of those is what we call The Great Commission, where we are told to make disciples as we’re sharing the Good News. In this passage of scripture we see what I want to call The Great Confession because these scriptures tell us plainly who The Lord Jesus Christ is. And in verses 13-20 I also want us to see 6 things about this great confession. The first one is this,