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FOUNDATIONS FIRM SERIES       Looseleaf Format     Book 1,  Lesson 1   Page 1

The Vital Importance of a
Firm Foundation 

Solid buildings have firm foundations built tothe master architect’s specifications. The more solid the foundation, theless likely the building is to suffer damage from storms, earthquakes,or the settling of the earth with the passage of time. To be able to withstandthe storms of adversity that are sure to come, a Christian must build hislife on a firm foundation of true Bible Doctrine.


Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them,I will liken to a wise man which built his house upon a rock.                     Matthew 7:24

Matthew 7:22-27; Luke 6:46-49;   Hebrews 6:1,2.

MATTHEW  7:22-27
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesiedin thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name donemany wonderful works?
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart fromme, ye that work iniquity.
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them,I will 

liken him unto a wise  man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended,  and the floods came, and the windsblew, and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them not,shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended and the floods came and the winds blew, andbeat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

LUKE 6:46-49
46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
47 Whosoever cometh to me and heareth my sayings and doeth them, Iwill shew you to whom he is like:
48 He is like a man which built an  house and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the 

stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it; for it was founded upon a rock.

49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without afoundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream didbeat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house wasgreat.

HEBREWS  6:1,2
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let usgo on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance fromdead works, and  of  faith toward God,
2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrectionof the dead, and of eternal judgment.


 We MUST understand the importance of establishing our lives ona sure foundation. If a building is to be useful, sturdy and permanent, it must be built on a solid base. Whenever men erect buildings, they must pay close attention to the proper preparation of the foundation. Since this is a fact  which every good builder understands, God used it to teach us Divine truth. Every part of a building depends upon the foundation for support. The Bible speaks of our lives as buildings and tells us the kind of foundation upon which we must build if we are to build sound Christian lives.
In our scripture texts the wise builder was likened to the person who listens to and acts upon the word of God while the foolish man pays no attention  to God or His Word.. Let us study the

qualities of the wise man first.

A) The wise man built on a solid foundation. What constitutes a sound foundation? (Luke 6:47).
1. “Whosoever cometh to Me…” The very first step is to come to the Lord by either going to hear someone talk about the Lord or picking up a Bible or piece of Bible literature and reading it.House built on a rock
2. “Heareth my sayings…” One may sit in the presence of someone who is talking and never truly hear a

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single word. This may be because the listener’s mind is on other subjects and the speaker is “tuned out”. Or because his knowledge of the language is too limited to grasp the meaning of the speaker’s words. But the wise man makes SURE he hears the message because “ignorance of the law is no excuse.”

3. “…doeth them…”
Hearing a command does no good if it is not obeyed. The wise builder acts upon the directions given him by the master architect, knowing that the architect has determined the requirements and limitations of the building and knows the strengths and weaknesses of the materials to be used. We know that Jesus is the Master Architect, so, if we are wise, we act upon His word and the word of His foremen, the Apostles.

B) Can one hear and not do?
     (Luke 6:46).
1. “Ye call me Lord, Lord…” Many people give “lip service” to the Lord, making a big thing of calling Jesus their Lord; they celebrate His birth, His death, His resurrection (usually on the wrong days); sing songs of praise to him, even have great “healing crusades” in His name. But…
2. “Ye… do not the things which I say.” We will study what His commandments are in later lessons. This, is knowing to do and not doing it. “Therefore, to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” (James4:17).

C) What is a man like who hears and does the Word?   (Luke6:48a).
1. “Like a man which built an house…” Each and every one of us is buildinginto our lives the character which is the house in which we live. But all are not wise builders. What is the first thing that distinguishes the wise from the foolish builder?

2. He “…digged deep…” The wise man dug through the shifting sand and the slippery, miry clay and laid his foundation upon a rock. Our Rock isJesus Christ, the Anointed One the Messiah. We must dig through all the attitudes of self-indulgence, the doubts and fears natural to all mankind and false doctrines of men, all of which are shifting sands or treacherous clay. By faith, we dig down to our Great Rock, the unshakable foundation Christ Jesus.

3. “…laid the foundation upon a rock…”
When we lay our foundation upon Jesus, His commandments, His teachings and His promises, we are on the sure foundation. “Other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians3:11).

D) The necessity of building on the Rock.
1. “…the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house,”(Luke 6:48b). Life is full of problems and like the old saying,“When it rains, it pours,” problems seem to come all at once. Watch. If you lose your job, it seems like immediately there is a serious illness or a death in the family, or a wreck, or disastrous fire, or the finance company repossesses your car or furniture. If you are not secure “on the rock,” the flood of problems may overflow you and “wash you away.:" Even“righteous Job” lost his oxen and donkeys and the servants that kept them,his sheep and the servants that kept them, his camels and the servants that kept them, and finally, his children all apparently in less than one hour. (See Job 1:13-22.) Only his unshakable faith in God kept him going. In his day, the Holy Spirit was not yet given as the Comforter, but today we can “…know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

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E) What happened to the house on the rock?” (Luke 6:48b).1. The storm “could not shake it….” Why could the storm not shake it?“
…it was founded upon a rock.” Of course there will be storms in your Christianlife, but if you are hearing and doing the Word of God, you are foundedupon the rock and the storm cannot shake you.

F) What happens to the house without foundation?

1. “…the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately, it fell; andthe ruin of that house was great.” (Luke 6:49). We have all seenpictures of places hit by flash floods. Did you notice that most of thedamaged houses were built on the earth and when the flood waters washedthe soil away, the houses crumbled and fell? But here and there a housewithstood the storm. The ones that stood had a foundation that could notbe washed away. It does not matter that it is cheaper to build on the soiland the builder thinks he can not afford the extra expense of the betterfoundation. Nor does it matter if the builder doesn’t know any better.What counts is whether or not the foundation is on a sure rock or not.The flood is not interested in excuses nor even reasons. The waters rushimpartially down the valley and sweep away everything alike - except thatwhich is solidly built upon a rock. This is an indisputable fact of life.It is equally true in the spiritual sense. We dare not build our spiritualhouses on “hope-so” or “it’s good enough” salvation. We MUST build on thesure foundation of Jesus Christ and the doctrines His first Apostles taught.
G) What is the danger in building our lives? (Luke 6:49).
1. “He that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundationbuilt an house upon the earth…” 
You are already a “hearer” of the Word. (See Romans 2:13; James1:22,23.)   The result of our failure to build on a firmfoundation is the same regardless of the reason; whether we simply didnot understand the message, deliberately disobeyed or because a trustedreligious leader told us that it made no difference so long as we “believed”.

H) What did the Apostles teach about our personal foundation?
1. The Christian’s foundation is described in Hebrews 6:1 and 2: “Thereforelaying aside the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on untoperfection [a better translation says, “let us grow into maturity;"]: notlaying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faithtoward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands…” Thisis NOT saying that we do not need the foundation, but that once it is laidand in place, we go on to build upon that foundation, as can be  seenfrom the context of these verses. The entire 5th chapter explains the necessityof our growing into maturity, outgrowing milk and learning to eat realmeat. The foundation described consisted of: 
1. “…repentance from dead works,”
2. “…faith toward God…“
3. “…the doctrine of baptisms…”
4. “…laying on of hands…” 
5. “…resurrection of the dead…” 
6. “…eternal Judgment.”
It is impossible for us to “go on unto perfection…”   unless we first lay our foundation right. This is why so many church-goersdo not grow and mature into soldiers of the cross. Their foundation wasnever properly laid. After the foundation is laid, then we must “…go on.”


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