Foundations For The Future by James Merritt

"FOUNDATIONS FOR THE FUTURE"
DR. JAMES MERRITT
1CORINTHIANS 3:9-14
10-22-00


INTRODUCTION

1. I AM BUILDING A HOUSE. I FIND IT TO BE AT THE SAME TIME
FASCINATING AND FRUSTRATING, BUT WITH THE HOPE IT WILL ULTIMATELY
BE FULFILLING.

2. I AM LEARNING THINGS THAT I NEVER KNEW BEFORE AND NEVER
REALIZED. BUT THERE IS ONE THING THAT I DID KNOW, AND THAT I
HAVE SEEN, AND HAS BEEN CONFIRMED. THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT
PART OF THE HOUSE; MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE CARPET, THE LIGHTING,
THE PAINTING, THE AIR CONDITIONING, THE HEATING, THE BRICK, IS
THE FOUNDATION.

3. JESUS KNEW THAT. HE SAID IN MT. 7:24-27:

"THEREFORE WHOEVER HEARS THESE SAYINGS OF MINE, AND DOES THEM, I
WILL LIKEN HIM TO A WISE MAN WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE ON THE ROCK:
AND THE RAIN DESCENDED, THE FLOODS CAME, AND THE WINDS BLEW AND
BEAT ON THAT HOUSE, AND IT DID NOT FALL, FOR IT WAS FOUNDED ON
THE ROCK.
NOW EVERYONE WHO HEARS THESE SAYINGS OF MINE, AND DOES NOT DO
THEM, WILL BE LIKE A FOOLISH MAN WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE ON THE SAND:
AND THE RAIN DESCENDED, THE FLOODS CAME, AND THE WINDS BLEW AND
BEAT ON THAT HOUSE; AND IT FELL. AND GREAT WAS ITS FALL."

4. JESUS COMPARED YOUR LIFE TO A HOUSE. WHETHER OR NOT YOU
BUILD A LIFE WHOSE INFLUENCE AND IMPACT WILL LAST FOR ALL
ETERNITY, DEPENDS UPON THE FOUNDATION OF THAT HOUSE.

5. NOW DIFFERENT ROOMS COMPRISE THE HOUSE OF YOUR LIFE. FOR
EXAMPLE, YOU HAVE A FAMILY ROOM. IF YOUR FAMILY IS GOING TO
ENDURE AND GOING TO HOLD TOGETHER, IT MUST HAVE A SOLID
FOUNDATION. IT MUST HAVE A FOUNDATION COMPRISED OF A STABLE
MARRIAGE, PARENTAL LEADERSHIP, AND MUTUAL LOVE.

6. YOUR LIFE HAS A FAITH ROOM IN THAT HOUSE. YOUR FAITH, IN
ORDER TO BE SOLID, MUST BE BUILT ON THE SOLID FOUNDATION OF THE
WORD OF GOD, AND IT MUST BE PLACED IN THE SON OF GOD.

7. BUT YOU ALSO HAVE A FINANCIAL ROOM IN THAT HOUSE, AND YOUR
FINANCES ALSO NEED TO BE BASED AND BUILT ON A SOLID FOUNDATION
BECAUSE MONEY MATT ...


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