Hard Rock - Caution - Falling Rocks
Scripture: Matthew 7:24-27
R.E.A.C.H - Raising Eternal And Community Hope
II Corinthians 10:13b “…but will boast (celebrate, glory in) only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.”
Recognize our area of influence.
To Reach those who we were assigned.
GOAL: I believe God has called everyone of you to lead someone to Christ in 2017.
- We can ignite nations. Ignite - to set afire or to cause to blaze with flames.
- We can impact a 4 state area.
Impact - the force of impression from one thing on another; a significant or major affect.
- We can, We will, We must influence culture in a 20 mile radius of TWBC.
Influence - Change Culture
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Notice the illustration that Jesus starts out with:
There was a person, who built a house, on a rock and there was a storm.
Jesus is making a comparison of a person being like a house. The houses in Jesus’ day are different than houses we see in the United States. They were built to last generations.
We were never called to leave a generation helpless, homeless or hopeless!
…but it did not fall!
The sad story is most of our lives look like “Caution - Falling Rocks” instead of “Founded on the Rock.”
13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he strictly charged the disciples to tell no one that he was the Christ.
Matthew 7:27 “and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
We want to avoid the “Great Fall.”
Matthew 16:17 “For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”
Issue 1 - Over spiritualization - Sometimes we have made it harder than is to recognize when God is speaking.
Images - Jeremiah 1:11 “And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.”
Voice - John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.”
Circumstances/Situations - Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Issue 2 - Have heard and not stepped out.
What is the last thing you know you were suppose to do? Go and do it.
Jesus’s Question - Matthew 16:13b-15 “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
This is not a moment of insecurity or introspection. Jesus knew/knows who he is.
He wants you to know who he is.
Jesus starts with a question. This is not a moment of insecurity or introspection but the minute you need some to tell you who you are for your confidence it is a slippery slope to arrogance.
Jesus doesn’t need you to tell him who He is for His sake. He needs you to do it for your sake.
Peter’s Response - Matthew 16:16 “16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Jesus has given Him self to so we can become sons.
As sons we are empowered by his person (Jesus) to do and to reveal his person (Jesus) here in the earth.
Jesus Responds - Matthew 16:17 “And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.”
It is not a “Rock”!
It is not “Rock” until it has been Revealed.
Joshua 4:3 “and command them, saying, ‘Take twelve stones [Rock] from here out of the midst of the Jordan, from the very place where the priests’ feet stood firmly, and bring them over with you and lay them down in the place where you lodge tonight.’”
Revealed Rocks are a reminder of the Living Stones you are becoming.
I Peter 2:5 “you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house.”
A.W. Tozer - The tragedy of the church is that from childhood to old age men have only known a synthetic God compounded of only Logic and Theology having no eyes to see or ears to hear.
Dependency will open up perceptibility!
Not as perspective or perceiving, but to be able to hear or see or sense.
Notice what he is doing. He is “Building People” and not building a project.
He was asking people who were in his presence, he was not preaching to the lost.
You are here, in his presence and he is asking you… “Who do you say that I am?”
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