Sunday Sermon // little stories…BIG TRUTH

little stories…BIG TRUTH // The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders

[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]

A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus opinion the Gospels. They are little stories with BIG TRUTH.

 

–There is a big difference between listening and doing.

 

“Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NLT)

  • wise vs. foolish builders
  • rock vs. sand foundations
  • standing in vs. collapsing in storms


–Jesus expects me to do what He says.

“So why do you keep calling me ‘Lord, Lord!’ when you don’t do what I say? (Luke 6:46 NLT)

But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the Lord : your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams. Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft, and stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols. So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.” (1 Samuel 15:22, 23 NLT)

But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. (James 1:22 NLT)

 

Hope is not a strategy.

Some of us are hoping that our circumstances will change but aren't willing to do anything about it.

 

Action Steps:

1. Use the SOAP method to help you better understand God's Word.

  • Scripture
  • Observation
  • Application
  • Prayer

2. Where do you need to start digging deep?

3. Where is God asking you to obey Him?

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