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The Foundation of the Church (2 of 8)
Series: Back to the Basics
Today we are in the second of a series of messages about "Back To The Basics". And we are going back to the very basics of the church, when Jesus founded the church. On the day of Pentecost we are told in Acts 2, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon the disciples. He baptized them into the body of Christ and the church came in to being. The church was formed and immediately they began to preach the gospel as Christ had instructed them to do.
People today are starving for God's Word. They are starving for God's Word although they may not know it. They are looking for something to fill the void in their life. They are looking for answers to the problems they face. Young parents are looking for ways to raise their children. They are looking for answers for their marriage. People are looking for the answer to what happens after this life.
And in many kinds of ways people are looking for answers. And hence the preaching of the Word today is so important. It is what I call the foundation of the church. The foundation of the church is the Word of God as we are going to see.
We talked about the cornerstone last week, Jesus Christ. Now it says we are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets. Now the apostles and prophets are those to whom God spoke to give us this Book, the Holy Word of God. We are told that holy men of God spake as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. He used ordinary men and women.
And God used these men through who to speak His Word and to write it down so we would have exactly what God wanted us to have in the inspired, inerrant Word of God. And the inspired, inerrant Word of God is the foundation upon which every church should be built. Now Paul emphasizes this in II Timothy 4 as he charges young Timothy, his young minister in training.
II Timothy 4:1-5 "I charge thee therefore before God, and the ...
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