Topic: UPCC Passage: Matthew 7:24-27, Matthew 4:23-25, Psalm 18:2
A parable: a simple story used to illustrate a moral/spiritual lesson
We live in the world of insta-everything, but short sprints of time in the word don’t give us enough substance
Collision of truth
It was Jesus’ words that led him to the cross, not his actions. Jesus’ words were provocative (defined as: causing annoyance, anger, or another strong reaction, especially deliberately), and his words are where powerful things happen.
The sermon on the mount: A conversation about cost
If you want to follow me, be ready for persecution
- Jesus deconstructs the idea of God, explains how humans exist to bring God glory
Setting of the Parable
2 builders, 2 structures, 2 outcomes
2 listeners of the sermon on the mount, men who heard these words that Jesus said
For a building, a good foundation is everything. Building a house represents work done for the Lord. Building the house on the sand signifies hearing god’s words, yet ignoring them
Salvation is faith alone, but works help us judge whether or not what the person has professed is true
Only 1 got it right, only 1 chose obedience
Application to Modern Day
In our culture we love convenience, but when we try to fit this convenience into our walk with the Lord, we realize Jesus’ call is anything but convenient.
It’s not about now, it’s about that moment when we take our last breath, then stand before Christ and answer to him what we’ve done in his name
Comfort has distorted our view of the gospel. Here’s how we do it: We separate Jesus from his words.
Lots of people like Jesus, a high percentage of our population is “Christian”
But we don’t like his actual words, the hard, difficult parts that describe being a follower
What Should I Do?
This week, do a self-checkup with the sermon on the mount (Read Matthew 5-7)
We may all be builders, but are we building our own kingdom? Or THE kingdom?
We need to instead ask, how do I follow Jesus with everything I have?
Don’t want to have a shallow view of salvation. Jesus is more than a prayer, he’s about real life change.