Hard Rock - What 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!
Isaiah 28:16 “therefore thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am the one who has laid as a foundation in Zion, a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste [be dismayed].’
Imagery or Reality
There are so many things in the scripture that we make “Imagery” when the truth is they are “Reality.”
Behold- to hold, grab hold of or see
Main Entry: be·hold
Function: verb -action
Inflected Form(s): be·held /-held/; -hold·ing
: to look upon : SEE
- be·hold·er noun
We are the beholder of whatever we are beholding.
NIV “See, I lay a stone”
If the Storm is real and not imagery then the Rock is real and not Imagery!
Many times we like to talk about how real the Storm is and the physical affects that it has on our lives but make the Rock fictitious.
The reality is “The Rock is more real than the Storm because the storm will pass the Rock will remain.”
The Storm and the Rock…both are real but one is temporary.
Where did He place it? - Zion
Mountain of Zion - Served as a holy place where God’s presence was found.
City of Zion - City of David or Jerusalem; where God dwelled
Temple in the Old Testament culture - referred to as Zion
In the Old Testament Zion, the man took his family and those under his care to Zion because:
- It was there that each of them would receive favor and direction from God.
- This is the place where principles and promises of the covenant were transferred.
- Where people connected to something bigger than themselves. They connected to the Kingdom and Covenant.
Zion in the Old Testament is what The Church is in the New Testament.
So “What” he placed gives power to “Where” He placed it… in the Church.
What did He place?
a stone, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone, of a sure foundation: ‘Whoever believes will not be in haste [be dismayed].’
You are only as stable as “What” you are founded on. Who Jesus was and is we now become.
16 Because of these things, this is what the Lord God says:
“I will ·put [lay; establish] a stone in the ground in ·Jerusalem [ Zion; the location of the Temple],
a tested stone.
·Everything will be built on this important and precious rock [ …a precious cornerstone for a firm foundation].
Anyone who trusts in it will never ·be disappointed [or panic; waver; be shaken; Rom 9:33; 1 Pet. 2:6].
Word History - The ancient Greeks worshipped a god of pastures, flocks, and shepherds whom they named Pan. Pan was believed to be able to cause great fear at times. The people of Athens believed that it was Pan who had caused the Persians to flee in terror from the battle of Marathon. The Greek adjective panikos, literally meaning "of Pan," was used to describe the kind of sudden fear that Pan was thought to cause. The English word panic comes from Greek panikos.
It is not until “Panic” hits that you find out how “Real” the stone becomes.
It is not until “Panic” hits that you find out how “Tested” the stone becomes.
It is not until “Panic” hits that you find out how “Precious” the stone becomes.
How “Real” is Jesus to you?
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