Sharing Sunday Service 01/20/13

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Sharing Sunday Service  is a series where I share the Word of God in a relaxed atmosphere, open to questions.  We have a wonderful pastor that inspires my thought processes, and leaves me eager and encouraged to further my knowledge as a child of Christ.  King James Bible is recommended, but if you don’t have one, don’t fret.  Use what you have and follow along.

What is a foundation?  Basically, it is the lowest load-bearing part of a structure.  When talking about our faith, it is our foundation that holds us up.  It is what we build our strength upon.

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But what happens if your foundation becomes cracked, and begins to crumble?  This happens many times in a Christian’s life, and is not uncommon.  Our faith is continuously challenged and attacked on a daily basis.  If our foundation is weak, we will crumble.

Psalm 11:3Psalm 11:3
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3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?  

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 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

There is only one answer and that is to lay the foundation again!  Listen, God loves you and he will never forsake you!  [ Deut 31:8Deut 31:8
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

8 And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.  

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].  You must re-build your foundation stronger so that it will not crumble again.  How do I do this, you ask?  There are seven layers to the foundation of a Christian life.

Repentance – a change of mind.  It speaks of seeing our sin as God sees our sin and we agree with Him about our sin.

Confession – confessing our sins, naming them one by one, to the Lord.  Coming clean with God about how we have been living our life.

Prayer – not a ‘lay me down to sleep’ prayer, but rebuilding the might of prayer back into our lives, taking everything to God in prayer!  Praying for ourselves, loved ones, friends and neighbors, government, school personal, church members and churches, etc.

Word of God – making the Word a daily part of our life.  Laying the foundation of God’s Word being active in our lives.  Reading for understanding, enlightenment, and for strength.

Obedience – dying out to self daily; realizing that obedience is better than sacrifice.  Obedience proves our surrender and love for Christ.

Faith – the foundation of faith must be re-laid.  Without faith, it is impossible to please Him.  Faith, believing Christ, trusting Him for everything in our lives, must be apart of our foundation!

Love – we must reset the foundation of love in order to have true revival.  If our love for Jesus is not supreme, then we love someone or something else more!  Then we must also reset our love for others; rebuild that foundation as well.

The Church must also provide a strong and solid foundation for its members.  Churches today are faced with a crisis: generational disagreements.  The Church must find a balanced approach in order to continue to grow and stay strong.  Church is a family, and as families grow and mature, so do churches.  Where the love of God abounds, change can become believers uniting together to make our church stronger and better.  We must become a mold to help shape generations to come, not a monument for things of the past.

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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