WEEK 1: The Foundation of the Christian Faith
Scriptures to read to prepare
1 Corinthians 3:9-10
Foundational Truths for Christian Living is designed to help you lay a solid foundation on which to build your Christian faith.
Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. Luke 6:47-48
In all these passages the believer’s life is compared to the construction of building.
Examples of bible passages where it is used
Jude v 20 says: “Building yourselves up on your most holy faith”
pis’-tis/faith means persuasion, that is, credence; in Greek
Thayer dictionary defines it as moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation;
You are God’s building… as a wise master builder I have laid the foundation. — l Corinthians 3:9-10
You also are being built together for a habitation of God in the Spirit.—Ephesians 2:22
I commend you… to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up. —Acts 20:32
Since the life of a believer is compared to the building, there is a need for it to be laid on a strong foundation
Now, in the natural order, the first and most important feature of any permanent structure is its foundation. The foundation necessarily sets a limit to the weight and height of the building to be erected upon it. A weak foundation can support only a small building. A strong foundation can support a large building. There is a fixed relationship between the foundation and the building.
If you obtained a license to build a house of two stories, and the foundation was laid accordingly. However, in order to increase your income when renting the building, you build on a third story without obtaining permission to do so. The result will be that, while you are actually living in the house, the whole building will settle down on one corner and eventually collapse. What will the reason for this? The foundation was not strong enough to support the house that the man tried to erect upon it.
In the spiritual order the same thing happens in the lives of many professing Christians.
They set out with every intention of raising a fine, imposing edifice of Christianity in their lives. But, alas, before long their fine edifice begins to sink, to sag, to get out of truth. It becomes distorted. Sometimes it collapses completely and leaves nothing but a ruined heap of vows and prayers and good intentions that have gone unfulfilled. Beneath this mass of ruins the reason for the failure lies buried. It was the foundation. Never properly laid, it was unable to support the fine edifice that had been planned.
Memory verse: Psalm 62:6
He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved.
What have you learnt from today’s study?
Meditation is focused thinking about a Bible verse in order to discover how we can apply its truth to our own life. The word for meditation is also the word for rumination. This is a process where a cow chews its cud, swallows it, regurgitates it, chews it again, swallows it… goes through that process something like seven times. The reason the cow does that is to get every bit of nourishment that it can from that grass.That’s what we’re to do with God’s word. We are to focus our thinking, spend time on it, trying to drain every bit of spiritual nourishment we can from the Word of God.
- read it
-say it all over again
- paraphrase it
- pray it.
*This week read and meditate on the following scriptures;
1) 1 Corinthians 3:9-10
2) Ephesians 2:22
3) Acts 20:32
4) Psalm 18:2
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