Preparing for Worship // March 19, 2017

Preparing for Worship // March 19, 2017

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While I doubt any of us have ever tried to build an actual house on sand (I know I haven’t), I imagine that most people have built (or tried to build) a sandcastle at some point in their lives. If you have, then you understand the weak and unstable nature of sand. All it takes is an overly aggressive wave, an errant soccer ball, or a mean sibling to utterly destroy your creation. So in our passage this week, when Jesus tells us not to be like the foolish man who built his house on the sand, we don’t need construction experience to understand what he means. Trusting in anything other than Jesus is like trusting that our sandcastle will last longer than it takes for the tide to rise: foolish.

And yet every day we put our trust in the fleeting and passing things of this world. Last week we looked at Matthew 6, in which Jesus talks about money and the foolish nature of putting our trust in it. Money draws our trust away from Christ most powerfully, but there are a million other things that we look to instead of Jesus: success, approval from others, work, family, comfort. All of these are good things, but if they are allowed to take the place of Christ, if we begin to look to them foremost, then they will ultimately fail us and even destroy us.

What in your life competes with Christ for your affection? What do you think would bring you satisfaction if you could only attain it? Do you ever think, “If only I had more money, if only I had a better job, if only I had a bigger house, if only I were in better shape, if only I did more good works, then I would be complete”? If so, that thing is competing with Christ for your affection; that thing is the sandcastle that you are expecting to outlast the tides, the sand upon which you are building your house. Christ is the only rock that can save us from the storms of life and our own sin. Anything else is sand, and we are foolish to trust in it. Turn to Him (for the first or thousandth time). He is your only hope of salvation; He is your only source of joy; He is your only rock amidst the storm.

THE WORD

Scripture: Matthew 7
Sermon: The Pilgrim’s Guide to the Kingdom

SONGS

Jesus Messiah (Chris Tomlin)
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The Sands of Time Are Sinking (Phillip Palmertree)
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The Christian’s Hope Can Never Fail (Red Mountain)
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Song of Preparation: Cornerstone (Hillsong)
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Song for the Supper: O Depth Of Love Divine  (Jered McKenna)
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Song of Response: In Christ Alone (Keith and Kristin Getty)
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