builder at work“Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock 

“As you come to him (Jesus)… you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house”

…more places of commerce?

…more temples to money?

…bigger warehouses, larger barns?

Or to build trust, and faith and hope?

To build on a rock-solid foundation – a living house for God to live in.

Helpful Bible references to consider

  • Building has always been a potent symbol of human power and wealth.
    (Read: Dan.4:29-30)
  • The story of building the Tower of Babel epitomises man’s pride in opposition to God.
    (Read: Gen.11:1-9)
  • Jesus’ parables show the stupidity of building bigger and better for an uncertain future. He says we should build on his words – paying attention to them and putting them into practice. This will provide a rock-solid foundation on which to build our lives and characters.
    (Read: Luke 12:13-21; Luke 6:46-49)
  • God’s real house is not a temple or a church, but a collection of living people. Jesus is both the foundation and the highest capping-stone of that house. We can be part of that house as living stones, and God will live in us for ever.
    (Read: Acts 17:24; 1 Cor.3:16-17; 2 Cor.6:16; Acts 4:10-12; Eph.2:20-22)
  • In the ancient kingdom of Israel, the temple was a symbol of God’s presence among his people. In the future Kingdom that God has promised, a new temple in Jerusalem will become the focus of divine worship for all nations.
    (Read: 1 Peter 2:4-5; 1 Kings 8:27-30; Zech.14:16; Micah 4:1-4)

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