North Anderson Baptist Church
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    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
The Wise Man Built His House

The wise man built his house upon the rock
The wise man built his house upon the rock
The wise man built his house upon the rock
And the rain came tumbling down

Oh, the rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain came down
And the floods came up
And the wise man's house stood firm.

The foolish man built his house upon the sand
The foolish man built his house upon the sand
The foolish man built his house upon the sand
And the rain came tumbling down

Oh, the rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain came down
And the floods came up
The rain came down
And the floods came up
And the foolish man's house went "splat!" [clap hands once]

So, build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
Build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ
And the blessings will come down

Oh, the blessings come down
As your prayers go up
The blessings come down
As your prayers go up
The blessings come down
As your prayer go up
So build your house on the Lord Jesus Christ.
Verse 21 in part says, “but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”

“So what does “doing” the things that Jesus taught in the Sermon on the Mount entail? Well, to be honest, it entails a lot more than you and I are capable of. What makes Matthew 5-7 so stunning is that Jesus doesn’t only endorse what God had already revealed in the Old Testament, he deepens it and makes it a matter of the heart. So it isn’t enough to just “not murder”, we must also make sure our hearts aren’t harboring bitter and angry thoughts. It isn’t enough to just “not commit adultery,” our thoughts have to be pure. We can’t just “claim our rights,” but we must be willing to suffer injustice at the hands of others. Religious duties like fasting, prayer and giving must be done with a right heart. This is only a partial list of some of the words that we have just heard from Jesus in the sermon on the mount. Jesus has shown us that a true keeping of the law is so much deeper than just external behavior, it is the description of a life that springs from a pure heart.

So, summarizing, how do you build your house on the Rock?

Admit to Jesus your helplessness to build anything that stands a chance of surviving his end-time judgment. Every day look to his death on the cross, and see there the death of all your attempts to make yourself acceptable to God. See at the cross as well the forgiveness for all your failed attempts to do what Jesus says. Receive by faith the resurrected Jesus into your life and ask him to fill you with the Holy Spirit. And then go out and in the power of his indwelling Spirit, listen to his words and do what he says.”

If you are wise then build your “life house” on the Rock and when the troubles and trials of this life come (along the way) it will stand and the final trial will be to the glory of the Lord.

But if you build on the sand, the things of this life - “the temporal and material” - the fools building material, then the test of trials will bring it down. And the end-time judgment will tell the truth of your building material as well as your foundation or lack of one.

The foundation of Jesus, the Rock, will endure for eternity. The foundation of sand and not Christ, it will fall and life will be judged and great will be the crash of that life. No Jesus, No Life!

If a believer seeks to build his life on the things that will perish here is what the Bible says to them.
How sad it will be on that day when God reveals to them that their Christian life was built on the wood, hay and straw. Can you imagine a whole life time wasted because of the lack of building one’s “house” upon something other than gold, silver and jewels and seeing all they had done burned up in the eternal fire, but because they had been saved by their faith, they would escape and be given heaven even as their clothing smelled of the burning fire of hell. If you even thought that might be your life today would you make the decision to build the life you have on the solid foundation of the Lord Jesus Christ?

Think what a terrible loss that Day will be for you who have spent a lifetime building with materials such as wood, hay and straw. Imagine your disappointment at watching your good, Christian reputation, your monetary donations and all the volunteer work you did for people, literally go up in smoke. You can change that today!

But now, if your life is build on the sifting sand of the world and it has no foundation on Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection, then today is the day to make that decision to begin building upon the Rock!
My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less (Edward Mote, c. 1834), which begins:

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus' Name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.
This ends the Sermon on the Mount. The people were amazed at the authority with which He taught. It surely wasn’t teaching like the Jewish leaders of their day. From the beginning Jesus wanted the people to know that He loved them and desired for them to seek more than the letter of the Law but really embrace the love of God that would go deep into one’s heart and mind that they would not hear of or read the Law the same again. He shared so much with the listeners that they would have to really ponder over all that He said.

Our prayer is that you ponder over and think hard about what Jesus has told us, here at NABC.

What is your life built on?

Is He your eternal foundation in which you will or have built your life?

Today will you make that great decision to believe on Him as your personal Savior and Lord by Faith?

Will you turn your life over completely to Jesus and let Him direct, guide and give you purpose for which to live? (Don’t build any longer on what you build but on what He will build in and through you.)

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.
Pastor Bill Rigsby

http://www.northandersonbaptist.com