Day 249: September 6, 2014

Today's Reading(s)

Matthew 7:24-27
24 Therefore, everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house. Yet it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on the rock. 26 But everyone who hears these words of Mine and doesn’t act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 The rain fell, the rivers rose, the winds blew and pounded that house, and it collapsed. And its collapse was great!

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Sermon on the Mount Reflections
by Roger Severino, Adult Discipleship Minister, Brentwood Campus

Read the scripture above and use the questions below to meditate on today's reading.

Praxis

  1. Jesus talks about two types of people: the sensible person and the foolish person. These two people have many experiences in common. Can you pick out all the experiences that both share?
  2. What do you think it means that for both people “the rain fell, the rivers rose, and the winds blew and pounded that house”? Does this mean both the believers in Jesus and unbelievers will face difficult circumstances equally? Are you surprised when facing a trial, or is it something you expect?
  3. Both the sensible man and the foolish one hear the words of Jesus. They both know what He taught. This was not an issue of ignorance. What then is the difference between the two?
  4. In your life, do you merely know the teachings of Jesus, or are you putting them into practice and acting on them? What are some specific ways you are putting them into practice? What are areas where you can do a better job of applying the teachings of Jesus?
    Jesus' words are echoed by Peter is his first epistle: “You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
  5. Trials have a way of purifying and revealing the authenticity of our faith. Building a foundation on the rock versus the sand becomes an issue when the waters rise and pound on the house. How would you describe the foundation of your life? Is it built on the rock of Christ Jesus by the grace of God, or is built on the sand?
  6. Ask Jesus to empower you and give you the ability to live out what He is teaching you and revealing to you. This is not done by our own power, but as we abide in Christ and allow His Spirit in us to produce fruit in our lives (see John 15:1-5).

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Today's devotional series accompanies the Spiritual Practices Foundations Curriculum which deals with 24 different spiritual disciplines. We will break for an Advent series in December and continue the second half of Spiritual Practices during the first quarter of 2015.