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  • Luke Hamblett

Whilst everything around us may be uncertain and unstable. The one constant in our lives is God.


Psalm 11:3-4 (NIV)

When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do?” The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.


Isaiah 54:10 (NIV)

Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

As we start another week in isolation in these strangest of times. It's really important for us to check our foundations. What are we really building our lives on? What really matters?

What is your foundation like?

Here are a few quotes to try and help provoke some thoughts around this topic:


"The most solid stone in the structure is the lowest one in the foundation."

Khalil Gibran


"If we would build on a sure foundation in friendship, we must love friends for their sake rather than for our own."

Charlotte Bronte

No successful builder would start building a house without first studying the architects plans.

But how often do we try a build something more complex, our lives, without consulting the plans? How often do we go on in life without checking what God has planned for us? It's important that we don't lose focus of God's plans in our lives, particularly in times like this. Far to often we try to veer of track and pursue something else that isn't meant for us.

What does God say in the scriptures?

Matthew 7:24-29 (NIV)

The Wise and Foolish Builders


24 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practiceis 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.

This passage of scripture speaks of two types of people, two types of foundation, two buildings and two different results when the flood comes.

Firstly the 'Wise builder' hears the words of God and puts them in to action. He built his house on foundations made of rock and when the storms came the house stood firm and didn't fall down.


Secondly the 'Foolish builder' heard the word of God but did nothing with it. He built his house on a foundation of sand and when the storms came the house 'fell with a crash'.


It's not enough for us to hear and understand the word of God. It must be turned in to action, our faith is a practical faith that requires us to live by the word of God (James 1v22-25). We need to strive to be like the 'Wise builder', when we hear the word of God it doesn't always mean it will be the easy road. It may of been much easier, much more financially viable or much less time consuming for the 'Foolish builder' to build his house on the sand but in the long run it turned out to be his downfall. Our lives are much like this, if we take the easy road and don't give God the time and focus that he deserves, if we don't build of foundations on the rock that is Jesus then ultimately our house will fall when the storm comes. It's even possible for our 'houses' to appear the same on the outside. Again, this draws us back to Jesus, our foundation is based one an intimate and personal relationship with Christ and is individual to each of us. If God is the only constant and unchanging part of our lives then what does it look like to base ourselves on anything but God? Think about what it is like to run on soft sand, your feet slip and it feels difficult to hold yourself up. The sand constantly shifts and moves and changes shape. No matter how hard you try to run the sand will always shift and this is just like the world, no matter how much trust or faith you put in something other than God it will always shift, change or let you down at some point. What happens to the 'Foolish builder' after the storm comes and his house is destroyed? All of a sudden he is out of protection, if another storm comes along he is left outside with nothing to shield him.


What have you put your hopes in? What have you built your life upon?


1 Corinthians 3:10-11 (NIV)

By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.


We need to make sure we build not only on the correct foundation but with the right materials. Our life represents the materials of the house. Do we live by the doctrines of grace? What are the key components of our life? Do prayer, scripture and love play a key part in what we do and who we are?


One day the building inspector (God) will examine our workmanship to see if we followed the architects plans. What will He see when the day comes?


Are you checking your life against the divine blueprints/plans on a daily basis by reading and studying Scripture?


Let’s recap about the Wise and Foolish builders:


  • BOTH HEAR.

  • BOTH UNDERSTAND.

  • BOTH FACE STORMS.


ONE SURVIVES THE STORM and stands firm– THE OTHER CRASHES and falls flat.


What is the difference? One lives by and acts on the words of Jesus – the other does not.


God’s word will not fail you.

The foundation for any Christian’s life is in the word.

It will make you firm in conviction and faithful in conduct.

  • Luke Hamblett

Updated: 5 days ago


As we can’t meet for our regular weekly Bible study meeting here are some thoughts based on 1 Timothy 2:1. It would be great if you could comment and add your thoughts to the comment section. The original plan was to do the entirety of 1 Timothy 2 but I thought there was so much in the first verse that I would stop there and see what other people had to say.


1 Timothy 2:1


Context:

  • This letter was written by Paul, Timothy had been one of Paul’s closest companions in ministry.

  • Paul had sent Timothy to Ephesus to counteract some false teaching that was taking place in the church there.

  • Timothy would of been in a position of leadership within the church in Ephesus.

  • Paul hoped to visit Timothy but due to circumstances that didn’t permit this he wrote him letters that would help him deal with some of the issues instead.


Verse 1


“I urge, them, first of all”


This doesn’t refer to time but instead it refers to the importance of what is to come next. Paul’s heart and mind was that the following things would be of high importance to the church, hence the “urge” that is placed before.


“that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people”


Petition (Greek: Deēsis) - Also known as supplication is essentially a request or asking for something. Our prayers should never just be a list of requests but we should ask confidently and hopefully based on God’s word.


Prayers (Greek: Proseuchē) - A broad term/word that includes all communications with God.


Intercession (Greek: Enteuxis) - Similar to petitio. Intercession is making a request on behalf of someone else. The needs of others should have a place in our prayers but again this should be balanced. Jesus often interceded on behalf of us and still does today - it’s our job to do this for those around us and even the wider world.


Thanks (Greek: Eucharistia) - Also known as gratitude or thanksgiving. The Greek word here has a practical element to it and it suggests that our thanks to God should come from a deep gratitude and should be an act of worship. This is a key virtue of the Christian faith and thanksgiving is at the heart of worship.


The final part of this verse tells us that these prayers should be made for all people. This is a reminder that all people need prayer. Many of us will find it easy to pray for our loved ones, family or friends but it is essential that we pray for others too, even those who are against us. Jesus exemplified this principle in asking for forgiveness for us when on the cross, even in the midst of physical persecution and at the point of being put to death he cried out to God to forgive the people of the earth.


To pray for all people also means we should pray in an evangelistic context. We should pray for those around us to come to know Jesus for themselves.

Finally this covers praying for one another, it’s important for us to pray for one another as we live out our lives. Paul and the other apostles that planted and supported the early church were men of prayer and we should be too. It’s essential that we lift one another up in prayer to God and prayer for the ministries of those around us.

  • Luke Hamblett

The situation that we are in with the coronavirus outbreak is like nothing I’ve ever known and many generations before me have echoed that same feeling. It’s a time of uncertainty but we have one constant in our lives and that’s God. In the face of adversity, persecution and even death, Jesus continued to serve those around him until his last breath.


How do we as the church follow that example?


Philippians 2:3-4 New International Version (NIV)

Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.


This verse in Philippians tells us that we should serve each other from a place of humility and put the needs of others above our own. When we look around at the panic buying culture that has consumed our country and many others around the world it doesn’t reflect the attitude that is being conveyed to the Philippians. We need to turn away from this attitude and make sure we focus on the way that God wants us treat others.


Here are a few action points for us all:


  • Take some time today to reflect on what your own needs are and what the needs of those around you are.


  • How can we put the needs of others before our own? (Pray about this question and put the answer into action)


This is the time for the Church to show the world who were made to be. Love one another, serve one another and demonstrate the love of God in all that you are and do.







EBENZER BAPTIST CHURCH, ST.ANDREWS ST, NETHERTON DUDLEY, DY2 0QB

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