The past few weeks we have been talking about foundations. We have discovered from our study that without a firmly established foundation, nothing can stand the test of time. This past Sunday, we preached about the foundation of God’s word. God’s word is the most powerful thing in this world. When we speak His word, it pushes back the darkness and brings light to those who are lost. We cannot make it without the word of God in our hearts. It is the cornerstone of everything that we believe.
One thing I have discovered as we have gone through this series, is that God is a builder by nature. He loves to make beautiful and lasting things. The most important thing that He is building is the church.
We see evidence of this in scripture. The book of:
Matthew 16:13-18 (KJV)
When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
This is a familiar portion of scripture. No doubt, many of you tonight could quote it with me without having to look at the screen. But there is a deeper message. Jesus is giving us a clear picture of what His church will be built upon. It is the truth of who He is.
Contrary to popular belief, Jesus was not saying that he was building his church upon Peter. For that we should all be thankful. God’s church will never be built upon any man other than Jesus Christ. But to the contrary, His church is being built up on the revelation that God had given to Peter.
Jesus Christ is the firm foundation that our lives must be built upon. Everything we do and preach must be centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ. If anybody ever tells you any difference, they are wolves in sheep’s clothing. The church must be built on the gospel of Jesus Christ – the gospel being the death, the burial, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. He is the foundation and we are the building materials. His church is being built for a glorious purpose. This firm foundation is provided for a specific reason.
Pastor Jerron Carney and his wife, Holly, were elected senior pastor of Woodlawn in 2013. Prior to their election, Pastor Jerron served Woodlawn, since 2005, in student ministry and administrative pastor. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, School of Business with an emphasis in accounting. He is the proud father of Jane-Claire, Jack, & Everly June. They are his greatest source of joy. He enjoys the outdoors through hunting and golf… Go Saints!