Timaru Gospel Meeting – 13 July 2023

Katie

Luke 6:47-49 “Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them… is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock…”.

Our foundation is that which keeps us.

Establishing the foundation is important; work takes place under the ground before anything is built above it.

The stability of the building depends on it, and when storms test the building, the stability is evident.

Our spiritual foundation is important, and necessary.

Jesus gave a natural picture which we can understand to get a spiritual point.

In Matthew 7:24 Jesus said that he who hears and goes and does is likened to a wise man.

It is important to hear, but more important is what we do with what we hear.

Building on the earth has no foundation, no depth.

Our own knowledge, understanding, wealth, power; these could make a lovely building, but would do nothing to help with the storms of life.

On the rock, we will be proving the strength of the foundation.

Colossians 1:23 “If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard…”.

These are encouraging words.

Our foundation gives a grounded, settled feeling.

What God gives is sure and settled.

The world is always changing; in technology, fashions, fads – there is no stability, (or sure) foundation.

Because of faith, we would not be “moved away”.

The world appeals to our flesh, human nature, ego and pride.

Hymn 347 verse 3: “Today increasing tests we face… [chorus:] Our hope and confidence today are deeply rooted in the Lord…”.

We have confidence, maybe in [things like] our car, or our food, but can have utter confidence in God.

Rachel

Hebrews 11:8-10 “By faith Abraham… was called… obeyed… went out… sojourned… for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”.

God called him to leave behind all that was familiar, to “go to where I will tell you”.

What is clear is that God had spoken.

The Word of God moved him to act, to go; it had such an effect that he obeyed.

He wasn’t looking for [just] any place, but [one] where God had laid a foundation.

Matthew 5-7 is like a foundation; as what Jesus said came from God, who has never gone back on His promises.

His teachings give us stability.

He didn’t leave the disciples without a Comforter.

We may not always understand the verses that we read, but if we do the reading, God will bring the meaning when the time is right.

One man [whom we visited] had questions which he wanted answered, and we didn’t seem to have the words to answer him; [despite this] he said he saw we had something that [] didn’t.

There seemed a reason we couldn’t answer [with words], but it [the answer] was seen.

2 Timothy 2:19 “…the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity”.

Paul, an older man, was writing to a younger, that the foundation God has put down has a seal.

The Lord knows His children; He tests them, but is there for His children.

Iniquity is like being all about ourselves; there are three ‘i’s in ‘iniquity’.

The love of many grows cold when iniquity abounds.

James 3:6 “…the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity”.

Those who mocked Jesus accused Him, but He didn’t answer them; [in not answering] He showed the strength and power of God.

What God has said will come to pass; His Word does not change.

It is still God’s will that no one should perish, which is why He sent Heaven’s best to the earth.

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