“Just Hearing is Never Enough”, Sunday, August 28, 2016, 11:00 a.m. Service
Matthew 7:24-29 (NIV)
The Wise and Foolish Builders
24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
28 When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, 29 because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
Luke 6:46-49 New International Version (NIV)
The Wise and Foolish Builders
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show you what they are like. 48 They are like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
Luke 11:11-13 New International Version (NIV) Referenced Later in Sermon
11 “Which of you fathers, if your son asks for[a] a fish, will give him a snake instead? 12 Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
“Just Hearing Is Never Enough”
Scriptures: Matthew 7:24-29, Luke 6:46-49, Luke 11:11-13
I. Read Matthew 7:24-29 and Luke 6:46-49
II. Helpful background stuff on the parable of the two builders from Dr. Ken
Bailey’s book, Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes.
III. In the parable, Jesus makes the following points:
A. The foundation on the rock is himself and his WORDS
B. We are called to hear and do these words, and by so doing, to build
our lives on that foundation which will withstand the coming storms.
C. To only hear Jesus’ words, and not put them into practice, is like
building one’s life on a vulnerable foundation, which ultimately
crumbles and falls apart in the coming storms
1. The immediate, first century context of the coming storm….
2. In our 21st century, there is always a coming storm…..
3. Jesus teaches, with astonishing authority, that to hear and put
into practice his words, is to build one’s life on the rock which will
enable us to withstand and transcend any and all coming storms
IV. Luke’s version of the parable begins, “Why do you call me Lord, Lord,
and not do what I say?”
A. Why is that so often the case for us?
1. Because for we who don’t want anyone telling us how to live our
lives, following Jesus is very difficult.
2. It’s so easy and natural for us to stop short of building our lives
on the rock, and just live the way we want.
B. G. K. Chesterton wrote, “The Christian life has not been tried and
found wanting; it has been found difficult and left untried.”
1. Proof of the truth of those words: look at the condition of so many
congregations today in America, who have found making disciples
difficult, and left it untried
2. So many of them going through the storm of decline, and are not
likely to withstand and transcend that storm.
C. This will not be the case at St. James! Because…..
1. The key to our putting Jesus’ words into practice: The Holy Spirit
2. Hear the promise – Luke 11:11-13
V. On a personal note…