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WHAT HOUSE ARE YOU BUILDING? Matthew 7: 24 -29 WHAT HOUSE ARE YOU BUILDING? Matthew 7: 24 -29

INTRODUCTION There are good stories and great stories – life lessons Discover the wonder INTRODUCTION There are good stories and great stories – life lessons Discover the wonder and message through stories Once upon a time… Followed by Matthew 7: 24 -29 Every story has a great beginning

WHAT KIND OF HOUSE ARE YOU BUILDING? Context – Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount WHAT KIND OF HOUSE ARE YOU BUILDING? Context – Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount and ends it with Matthew 7: 24 -29 Explore the phrase – “…who built his house…” Probably had the same materials, same know-how, same design, but different outcome It comes down to the final decision of where to build…

WHERE TO BUILD? Location, location The all important decision making process… There is historical WHERE TO BUILD? Location, location The all important decision making process… There is historical and archaeological findings about building on sand or rock Sand, usually located in a dry river bed that has seen no rain or water for a really long time Rock, usually located in hill areas Sand, usually moves around Rock, stays put

WHERE DO YOU BUILD YOUR HOUSE? On the solid foundation of God’s word AND WHERE DO YOU BUILD YOUR HOUSE? On the solid foundation of God’s word AND apply it! “…anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice…” Or do you prefer the sand that is easily moved, pliable, shifting… “…hears these words of mine but decide to not to put them into practice…”

WHERE DO YOU BUILD YOUR HOUSE? Perhaps you’re not sure; or can’t be bothered; WHERE DO YOU BUILD YOUR HOUSE? Perhaps you’re not sure; or can’t be bothered; or let’s wait and see if something better comes along; or it doesn’t suit me, etc. Are we hopeless with following through? On our decisions? It’s not just about commitment, but a normal lifestyle… BUT if you knew or realise WHO is asking you, inviting you…

WHO ARE YOU BUILDING THIS HOUSE ON? See Psalm 139 – one description of WHO ARE YOU BUILDING THIS HOUSE ON? See Psalm 139 – one description of many of who (God) we build our house on Here is where find we are “awesome” (v. 14) It is God’s story in ordinary people like (e. g. David) and people like you and me (i. e. us) WHO = GOD – makes the story extraordinary because God is the extra in extra-ordinary

WHY? Why build on God’s foundation? Storms – it is not a matter of WHY? Why build on God’s foundation? Storms – it is not a matter of if but when… We don’t have to look far to discover ‘storms’ as there’s bad news and worst news around us. Good news is rare… BUT here is the Good News of Jesus Christ Inviting us to be transformed… SO that we can face any storm together (God + you) And face ‘all things’ (Romans 8) We don’t have to go it alone!