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Greatest Sermon Ever 25: Solid Ground
Richard Root
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Greatest Sermon Ever 25: Solid Ground Aug 16, 2020
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Sermon -Sunday Online -2020/08/16 11am -Richard Root -"Greatest Sermon Ever 25: Solid Ground" -Matthew 7:24-27

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The Sermon on the Mount – 25. Solid Ground
Matthew 7:24-27

• Two thousand years ago, in a remote part of the world, an obscure carpenter turned rabbi was strolling on the shore of a lake. He came across two fishermen, very ordinary men, named Peter and Andrew.
He said to them, “Follow me,” and they left their nets and followed him.
• The grand invitation is given again today. Since the beginning of January, as a church we’ve been on this journey through what has been the most impactful talk in history, the Sermon on the Mount. All those months point toward this moment, toward this message.
Q. Will you become his disciple or not??

The Grand Invitation
• Many people think the job of the church is to make Christians, and they think of Christians as people who hold certain beliefs—particularly certain beliefs about Jesus.
• Jesus never said, “Become a Christian” to anybody. The word Christian is used in the Bible only three times, and then just as a little nickname for disciples. On the other hand,
The word disciple is used 269 times in the Bible.
Definition: A disciple is simply a learner or a student or an apprentice or a follower.
• The fundamental decision that faces you, Jesus says, is if you want to be a disciple. Will you will actually do what he says to do? Will you follow him? Will you obey?
Expanded definition: A disciple is someone who seeks to obey Jesus with creativity and
imagination and initiative and discernment and boldness, joyfully not grudgingly, with
growing ease, as the power of God transforms their inner life and their outer actions.
• At the end of this great talk, Jesus presses urgently for a decision from every listener. He says you are at a great crossroads, whether you know it or not.
o You will either choose the narrow gate (that is obedience to him in all things) or you will choose the broad gate, and that’s just simply anything else.
o You will either become a good tree (one that is flowing with so much inner goodness that it spills out in words and actions and generosity), or you’ll rot and ego, pride, pettiness, greed, and bitterness will make you worthless to yourself or anybody else.

The Solid Ground
• You stand at a great crossroads. Here are Jesus final words in the Sermon on the Mount:
“Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27)
• Everybody builds a house. That is to say: everybody is constructing a life, badly or beautifully, on purpose or by accident, with God’s help or on your own.
• Everybody faces a storm. Jesus’ words are not about storm avoidance.
• The variable in this story is what foundation you build your life on.
o You will either build your life on obedience to Jesus, identifying with him and by grace doing what he said,
o Or you will in your attitudes, in your words, in your actions, and in your relationships do something else.
What’s your choice?

My Decision
“I am enrolling in the school of Jesus. I make him my master. I commit to being with him each day to learn from him how to live like him. I do this humbly in the shadow of the cross and hopefully in the light of the resurrection.”

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