This week the blog is sponsored by The Gospel Project.
“The wise man builds his house on the rock.” We’ve all heard it; maybe we even have the passage memorized. We sang songs about it as kids. We read through it almost like it’s a little poem, a tip, or a fable. But when Jesus used this illustration, He meant business.
In Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount, He gives these words as His last remarks: “But everyone who hears these words of mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. It collapsed with a great crash” (Matt. 7:26-27 CSB).
Talk about a mic drop.
Here’s the truth: Isaiah tells us that, while everything else on earth is passing away, God’s Word will last forever. It is the most solid foundation in existence, and we are made to build our lives upon Jesus and His words. What we choose to be our rock cannot be taken lightly, especially in our churches. So, it’s vital that we are confident in the truth and integrity of our group curricula.
A little while ago, we met a pastor named Jason, whose church had veered from its biblical roots in a season of teaching that was counter to the truth of the gospel. Jason, however, had been given a sample of The Gospel Project, and after proposing the study plan to help align the Kids Ministry lessons, they began using The Gospel Project for Kids.
While the kids were seeing Jesus throughout the Old and New Testaments, many adult leaders were beginning to see Scripture as one connected story for the first time. Many of these adults turned to Jesus and repented for teaching against the truth. Not long after, the senior pastor decided to adopt The Gospel Project for Adults, and their entire church was re-rooted in the truth of Scripture with Christ at the center.
Ask yourself, “What am I building my life upon? What is my church’s foundation?” If you hesitate to respond with “God’s inerrant Word,” then maybe it’s time to consider tearing down an old, sinking structure to root firmly into the only foundation that stands.
Just like it was for Jason, The Gospel Project can be a helpful resource in encouraging your group members to build their lives on the Rock. You can download a free one-month preview of The Gospel Project for adults, students, and kids by going to gospelproject.com/preview.