by James Merritt

Life On The Rock
James Merritt
Matthew 7:24-29 4-28-02


1. If you could take a world-wide poll and ask this question: Who was the greatest spiritual or religious teacher who ever lived? Without question, hands down, I am convinced the winner would be Jesus Christ. There is almost a universal consensus that Jesus was indeed a great, if not the greatest teacher who ever lived. That is exactly the way people who actually heard Him teach felt. Because as we come to the end of the Sermon on the Mount, we read - "And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were astonished at His teaching, for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." (vv. 28-29) No one had ever heard teaching like the teaching of Jesus. No one ever touched the heart, the head, and the home like Jesus Christ.

2. We are concluding our teaching on the Sermon on the Mount that we have entitled "The Only Way to Live." The Sermon on the Mount is the largest body of the teachings of Jesus recorded consecutively in all of the Bible. Quite frankly, this sermon is probably the reason why Jesus is called the world's greatest teacher.

3. He closes this unbelievable sermon with a parable; a story of two homebuilders. Now in actuality Jesus is not talking about building a home; He's talking about building a life. You see, we are all in the building business. You and I everyday are building a life. Now building a life and building a home have some similarities. The most important part of building a home is not what you build, nor how you build, but where you build. Because you would be better off to build a log cabin on a rock than you would to build a mansion in a swamp.

4. One of the most amazing true stories I have ever heard in my life is of a builder who developed a subdivision of glamorous expensive exclusive homes in Canada. This happened several years ago, and these homes sold for over $250,000 each.

5. Now on the outside it w ...

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