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THE FOUNDATION OF CHRIST’S
LORDSHIP MANIFESTED IN A LIFE
OF GLAD OBEDIENCE
Luke 6:46-49
• A solid foundation is also crucial
to the spiritual life of a believer
and of the Church.
• It is a fact that a poor
foundation—be it physical or
spiritual—can lead to devastating
destructions.
• Those who seek to be true and
committed disciples must be
diligent to build their lives and
their faith upon a solid foundation
– that is, obedience to the
Lordship of Christ and His Word.
• CHRIST CONFRONTS US OF HIS
LORDSHIP IN OUR LIVES
• For He is indeed Lord if His Words
will find their way in our hearts
resulting in glad obedience. It is
this glad obedience to His Word
that radically transforms us.
• Or He is not Lord if we consistently
disobey or do not put into practice
His Words in our lives
I. BUILDING OUR FAITH UPON
CHRIST’S LORDSHIP MEANS
HAVING A LIFE OF CONSISTENT
OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD. (V. 46 )
• What are you building your
life on?
• One commentator gave a
description to these people as
"Oxymoron of heedless
followers”.
• These are self-righteous and selfdeceived religious people whose
lives do not prove their claims to
holiness, love and relationship to
God.
• No condemnation from Jesus
seemed too strong for those who
failed to practice their professed
spirituality.
Implications:
• The word Lord means Master; As
Master, He has complete authority
over our lives for we are His
slaves; we belong to Him and we
are obligated to do whatever He
says.
• To call Him Lord and then fail to
obey Him is therefore absurdly
contradictory.
• A mere professed acknowledgment
of His Lordship is never enough.
True love and faith to this Lord who
is our Savior involve obedience. We
don't really love Him and we don't
really believe in Him if we don't do
what He says.
• James 1:22
• Jesus tells us now: “Why do you
claim to follow Me with your lips,
but fail to follow Me with your lives?
Why play the part of a play actor, a
hypocrite, who says one thing and
does another?”
• John 14:15
• Hearing Jesus’ words, and even
agreeing with them, is not the goal
of Christian teaching and Biblical
discipleship. Rather, in order to be
a true disciple we must do what He
tells us.
• The message of God is plain-measure your life by how much you
obey--not by how much you know,
by how much you do, by how much
you read or hear, by how much you
walk in the light, by how much you
claim to have fellowship with God.
• Measure your life by proofs of
obedience in your daily living, daily
evidences of grace to Christ’s
Lordship--not by your pious wishes.
II.
BUILDING OUR FAITH UPON
CHRIST’S LORDSHIP MEANS
STANDING ON A SECURE AND
SOLID FOUNDATION. (vv. 47-49).
COMPONENTS IN LAYING A
SOLID FOUNDATION
A. COME TO CHRIST
• Jesus says that if we want
to be built on a “Rock” we
need to come to Him.
1. WE HAVE TO COME TO CHRIST THE BEDROCK TO WHICH WE
BUILD OUR LIVES.
• 1 Corinthians 3:10-11
• 1 Corinthians 10:4
• Romans 9:3
• Jesus is the bedrock on which
we should build our lives. We
are not to build on anything
that is not founded on Christ.
• Only on Christ can our lives,
marriage, family, career, business,
calling, ministry stand the storms
of life for Christ cannot be shaken.
• Jesus as Savior and Lord is a
solid and firm foundation – and
the storms will rage and the winds
will blow but those who are
founded on CHRIST will stand the
storm and outlast the wind.
2. WE HAVE TO REGULARLY AND
FREQUENTLY COME TO JESUS
AS HIS TRUE DISCIPLES
• Luke 9:23
• Are we faithful in coming to
Jesus every single day to
worship, pray and seek to
learn from Him?
• We cannot live the Christian life
without ever coming to Jesus for
our daily bread, performing our
spiritual disciplines as means to
our intimacy with Him, or building
our lives in the Word of God.
• The storms of life are too strong.
The only way we can win our daily
battles is if He is Lord in our lives.
• This coming to Christ or being
built on Jesus, the Rock is not
your coming to a church or a
lifestyle, not a tradition or a
religious practice. None of these
things can save you.
• Being built on the Rock means
coming to the real Person of
Christ in repentance, faith and
trust.
• To be built on the Rock means to
place all our hope and faith in
Jesus Christ, to believe that He
alone can cleanse and forgive us
from our sins, that He alone can
rescue us from God’s wrath and
believe that He alone is worthy to
be our Lord.
B. LISTEN TO CHRIST’S WORDS
• Listening to the Word requires
discipline and the ministry of
His Holy Spirit. We read from
His Word daily to ensure that
we are laying the right
foundation for our lives.
• Sometimes what we read and
hear in the Word hurt us.
• Matthew 6:14-15
“If you have never been hurt by a
Word from God, it is probable that
you have never heard God speak.”
Amy Carmichael
• Listening to the Word in a
worship service like this is not
always easy. It requires the grace
of God as well as hard work and
discipline.
• Kent Hughes, pastor emeritus at
College Church in Wheaton,
Illinois notes the challenge of
listening to biblical preaching in a
worship service.
He asks:
What can we do to become good
hearers of the Word in church?
• Pray—for the preacher and for
yourself.
• Come prepared to listen,
understand that listening is work.
The will to concentrate is
fundamental.
• Keep your Bible open to the
sermon text and turn to the other
passages that are cited.
• Take notes.
•
One of the curious by-products of the
Great Awakening in America [a time of
powerful revival in the 1700s and again in
the 1800s] was a sudden interest in
shorthand. It was not unusual to see men
and women, quill pens in hand, carrying
portable inkwells as they hurried to a
preaching service on the village green.
The same thing happened in Scotland
under similar circumstances. REVIVED
HEARTS LEAD TO SCRIBBLING HANDS.
C. PUT CHRIST’S WORDS INTO
PRACTICE
• Christ’s Words are not optional,
they are to be obeyed. Hearing
and doing go together. In fact
the best way to really learn
anything is by doing.
• We do it by God’s grace and
power. We should be conscious
to apply Christ’ Word’s
immediately and deliberately.
• We constantly ask: What is it that I
need to do today, this week?
• We will do the Word. This is
Christ’s Lordship.
To put Christ word into practice is to
dig down deep and get beyond
surface-level Christianity.
• Not just church attendance, but
service in and to the church
• Not just faith, but deeds that
reflect our faith
• Not just reading the bible, but
discovering it’s truths
• Not just fellowship, but strong
heart-level relationships
• Not lip service, but TRUE
obedience to Christ as Lord
• If our faith has the strong
foundation of Christ’s Lordship,
then struggles and obstacles in
our lives will not lead to the
collapse of our faith. In spite of
the circumstances, difficulties
and pain, we can gladly obey.
Put Christ as the foundation of our
faith- HE IS LORD! And then we
build everything else on it. When we
do this, our lives are “Built to Last.”
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