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The Solid Rock – Matthew 7:24-27

Dec 23, 2020 By: Damien Garofalo Topic: Sermon Devotional Series: Gospel of Matthew Scripture: Matthew 7:24-27

And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. (Matthew 7:25 ESV)
Join us this Sunday for our last Lord’s Day corporate worship of one of the most difficult years we’ve endured as a church. 2020 can probably be characterized by the word “uncertain” at best and the word “tragic” at worst. Our church has seen people pass away and move away, families grieve losses of loved ones and jobs, and many endure the onslaught of restrictions, a deadly virus, and social controversies. 
If we take a look at the world, we see chaos. Our nation may be more polarized than ever before. Insults are hurled at those who disagree with one another on issues like the pandemic, mask wearing, the shutdowns and restrictions, the presidential election, the vaccine, racism, social justice, rioting, and cancel culture. 
If we take a look at the church, we see confusion. Much of the world’s disagreements have seeped into the church at large, which seems to be becoming more of a mirror of the culture rather than a transcendent influence of the culture. Add this tension to the host of hardships that 2020 has brought us, it’s no wonder many Christians are discouraged. 
If we take a look at Christ, however, we see confidence. Our rest, our peace, our security is found in him alone. When all around us is sinking sand, he is our Solid Rock. 
Jesus gives a brief story, often emulated in Sunday school songs, of a wise man who built his house on a rock, contrasted with the foolish man who built his house on sand.  In both instances, rains come down and floods come up, but it’s the wise man’s house that keeps standing!
It wasn’t the wise man’s wisdom that kept his house up – it was his foundation! Of course, Jesus himself is the Solid Rock.
Building one’s life upon Jesus is not the absence of the storms of life. Rather, building your life on Christ means that though the storms will come, you will not be destroyed. You are safe in Christ. Our church has endured a lot this year, but we have reason to hope. Our goal at Bread of Life is to build our ministry about the solid foundation of Jesus Christ. If we do this, then the storms can come, but they will not prevail against the church!
Please come this Sunday ready to be encouraged! We will hear from some of our brothers and sisters who will share testimonies of how God’s truth helped them this year. To Christ be all the glory!