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Parables | Week 1 - Builders

If you have ever watched a house being built, you will notice that a great deal of time is spent laying the foundation. Things that will never be seen by the casual observer are being put into place. Days and weeks and sometimes months go by and there is no visible sign of progress; everything is happening below the ground.  It is only after the foundation has been laid, that the structure can be built, the part that everyone will see. This process is essential. If the foundation is not properly laid, it doesn’t matter how much design or expertise goes into the visible structure, it will not be stable and will eventually fall down. The visible part is important but without the solid foundation, all the work is for not.

 

READ Psalm 127:1

 

 “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”

 

READ the passage again and consider these related questions.

 

What does this say about human effort and divine plans?

 

Describe the role that we, as followers of Jesus, are meant to play in building our lives?

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

 

Read Luke 6:47-49; Isaiah 28:16

 

1. In Jesus’s parable, both builders heard the Word of God. What was the difference?

 

2. Describe how the Word of God is essential to withstanding the storms of live. 

 

3. How do we build our lives upon the truths of our faith? Is it a quick and easy process?

 

4. Describe the serious consequences of ignoring our need for Jesus as foundation.

 

Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-17

 

5. Above ground, buildings look similar. Why does the unseen foundation matter (from a spiritual perspective)?

 

6. Paul describes the builders using similar materials, what sets each one apart?

 

7. What does Paul mean that “no one can lay any foundation other than…Jesus Christ”?

 

8. What is the reward for the builder whose structure survives the testing?