Hard Rock - The Rock
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!
For these houses to last for generations their foundation was built on a “rock” called the “Cornerstone.” Creating the phrase “There was a person, who built a house, on a rock and there was a storm.”
Now we are in a room full of people. But we really do not find out what kind of people we are until the rain comes, the flood rages, the winds are of tornado force and “the storm” hits.
Calm seas never created a great sailor, but great storms prove what kind of sailor we are.
The funny thing about this is Jesus is telling the disciples this in a “calm setting and tranquil environment” called The Sermon on the Mount.”
A few days or possibly a couple weeks later, Guess What? There is a storm.
35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
So, now you have a sea, it is full of boats, and a Storm.
And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?”
It wasn’t that they were about to die… it is that they “thought’ they were about to die.
Now we have 2 different types of people in the same boat.
We have “panic people” and Jesus. And Jesus was sleeping.
Have you ever felt like that?
Any storm you can sleep through you have power over.
Jesus rebuked the storm not the “panic people.”
Some of you are turned off, scared and hate church because you think you are going to get in trouble because you haven't been living right.
The truth is Jesus wants you in his boat so He can calm your storm.
But notice he didn’t calm the boat, He calmed the seas. You are not alone in your storm and God is big enough to meet your needs and everyone else’s in the storm and in your boat.
You are not the only one with your problem.
When we read this, if you are in a storm, you can immediately relate. But the fact is, many of us are in the exact opposite of a storm. We are in a Doldrum.
Doldrum - The doldrums are also noted for calm periods when the winds disappear altogether, trapping sailing ships for periods of days or weeks.
You feel trapped, your life is going nowhere and it is so bad you are excited about the thought of a storm. You literally feel like the “Living Dead”. You are trapped.
If you’re in this place God wants to send you a fresh Wind today. That Wind is his Spirit, The Holy Spirit.
He doesn't want to just bring you a breeze of refreshing but a rushing wind to get your boat moving again.
The Doldrums are not your dooms day. If you feel trapped today your answer is the same as the person who is in the storm.
From what I have seen, just as many people give up in the Doldrums as they do in the Storms.
Jesus said, “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.”
The answer is to get off the boat and founded on the Rock. He is trying to create a “house” in you that is generational and can stand the storms of life. Not a “boat” to get tossed around by the wind.
That House is founded on the Rock, Jesus Christ.
11 This Jesus is the stone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone.12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”
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