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The Foundation (3 of 4)
Series: Purpose For a New Year
1 Corinthians 3:9-15
(NOTE: I am indebted to Dr. Gene Mimms, Dr. Thom Rainer, and Dr Rick Warren for their writings that assisted greatly with this series of messages)
• Today, I begin with a question that is personal as well as collective. Here it is; what type of foundation are you building your life on and are we building this fellowship on? This is important.
• The purpose of the foundation is to make strong, secure, and safe. We should know about foundations because we have a slab 'cracking' in our office building. When we changed the offices around, all of us saw it but didn't really do anything about it. Today, we have notices bricks separating in 2 direction and honestly, if left unchecked it will have disastrous effects.
• Our text today teaches us about foundation. A solid foundation is vital. In construction, you cannot build up until you go down and find solid ground. In sports, you cannot build a winning team until you have a strong foundation of fundamentals. In life, foundation is essential! Life WILL (not might) bring disappointments, heartaches, and heartbreaks, and when these come, without a strong, stable, and solid foundation you will find yourself at the mercy of the world. And the world is merciless.
• In our text, please notice two things; a) that the entirety of this text has the feel of construction and b) how many times the word foundation appears in our text. By my count, at least 4 times. What we know is foundation is the key to anything.
• During this series of messages, we have been talking about things like purpose, mission, and vision. These constitutes the foundation of all we do.
• We learn this from Jesus. He lived according to his purpose, everything he did pointed to one mission, and to one vision. He was driven, compelled, and obsessed with the salvation of man and the building of His church.
• Last Sunday night, those ...
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