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1 Building A House Building Your Spiritual House ParallelsPlansToolsMaterialsCostTime

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3 Bible Use of a House Matt 7: "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock. 26 Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: 27 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall."

4 Bible Use of a House Heb 3:3-4 3 For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.

5 Bible Use of Building Gal 2:18 18 For if I build again those things which I destroyed, I make myself a transgressor. Rom 15:20 20 And so I have made it my aim to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build on another man's foundation,

6 What Is Your Spiritual House? Your relationship to GodYour relationship to God Your faith (build and maintain)Your faith (build and maintain) Your spiritual conditionYour spiritual condition

7 What house will you build for Me? says the Lord… (Acts 7:49) DifferentKindsofHouses Well built Solid Construction Poorly built Shoddy Construction Were Good Houses Poorly Maintained

8 I. Must Have A Plan

9 Must Have A Plan Image starting a house – with no idea of the size, style, how arranged. Some try to build spiritual house without a plan: –No idea of finished product (what want to be) –No idea what they have or what they need. – Merely go to worship – do little more about their spiritual life (cf. 2 Cor. 13:5)

10 A Plan What you want to be: Strong / mature (2 Pet. 1:5-10) Knowledgeable (Heb. 5:11-12) An example (1 Tim. 4:12; Tit. 2:10) More acceptable (2 Cor. 5:9; 2 Pet. 3:18) Must be realistic Flexible (willing to change where can improve)

11 Begin with a vision of what an ideal Christian would be Col. 1: For this reason we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 that you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power, for all patience and longsuffering with joy; 12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. Filled with knowledge Filled with knowledge Walk Worthy Walk Worthy Strong Strong

12 I. Must Have A Plan II. Must Know How To Build

13 Must Know How Imagine trying to build – No clue how to frame, hang a door, or wire, etc. –Dont know the order – hang wallboard before insulation Some attempt to build faith – with no idea: –How faith is built –How to make house strong –What should come first.

14 Must Know How 1.Build with the word of God (Acts 20:32; 1 Cor. 14:1-5) a)Not by enthusiasm and excitement b)Not by mere association / fun 2.Regular Systematic Study (Acts 17:11; 15:21) a) Not random study b) Not hit and miss classes & sermons (cf. Acts 20:28) 3. Grasp basics before deeper (Heb. 5:11-6:1) a)Know before teach & help others (Jas. 3:1) b)Some things may not be ready for… 4. How to prevent & handle problems (Heb. 2:1; 4:16)

15 I. Must Have A Plan II. Must Know How To Build III. Must Have Right Foundation

16 Good Foundation Foundation is extremely important (Matt. 7:24-27) Whole house rest upon the foundation. – If foundation is weak – house is in danger – If foundation is strong – house is solid! Foundation of first principles must be well laid (Heb. 6:1-ff)

17 First Principles InspirationInspiration (2 Tim. 3:16-17) Deity of ChristDeity of Christ (Heb. 1:8) RepentanceRepentance (Acts 17:20-31) Divine CreationDivine Creation (Psa. 33:6-9) Bible AuthorityBible Authority (2 Jno. 9) Fear of GodFear of God (Psa. 34) MoralitMorality (Gal. 5:19-21)

18 I. Must Have A Plan II. Must Know How To Build III. Must Have Right Foundation IV. Must Have Good Materials

19 Must Have Good Materials Poor quality materials may cause problems down the road. Inferior materials may seem good at the time. Imagine building a house with: –Crooked studs –Cracked rafters –Warped plywood Some try to build spiritually with cheap materials

20 Quality Materials Some drink from denominational & liberal wells (popular books, web pages, etc.) Some try to build with the fluff that is passed off as Bible preaching. Some try to build on friendships, and local church relationship (converted to local ch)

21 Quality Materials Not build with uncertain sounds (cf. 1 Cor. 14:8) Build with word of God (2 Tim. 3:16-4:2) –Whole counsel (Acts 20:27) –Balance (2 Tim. 4:1-ff) Build upon genuine faith (2 Pet. 1:5; 1 Pet. 1:7) Build without hypocrisy (Gal. 6:7-9)

22 I. Must Have A Plan II. Must Know How To Build III. Must Have Right Foundation IV. Must Have Good Materials V. Must Have Right Tools

23 Must Have Right Tools Some things cant do without right tool –Drive a nail – without a hammer –Dig a hole – without a shovel –Cut a board – without a saw Can do anything with the right tool Some have right tools – dont know how to use them Some Specialty tools that few have

24 Tools Tools We Have: –Word of God (Eph. 6:17) –Prayer (Eph. 6:18; 1 Pet. 5:7) –High Priest (Heb. 4:16) –Elders (Titus 1) –Brethren (Heb. 3:13; 10:24) Know How To Use Them: –2 Tim. 2:15 –Jas. 5:14

25 I. Must Have A Plan II. Must Know How To Build III. Must Have Right Foundation IV. Must Have Good Materials VI. Must Be Prepared For The Cost V. Must Have Right Tools

26 Be Prepared For Cost Generally – Have an idea (estimate) before start. May (most of time does) cost you more Some of the cost will surprise you If going to have a house –Must pay cost: –If going to have brick – pay the cost –If going to have carpet – pay the cost –If going to have hardwood – pay the cost Your Spiritual house has many cost

27 Cost of Your Spiritual House Count the cost (Lk 14:28)Count the cost (Lk 14:28) The cost:The cost: –Relationships (Matt. 19;29; 10:35) –Money / job (Acts 8 [Simon];19:19) –Pleasure (Heb. 11:25) –Life (Rev. 2:10) May be some cost not counted onMay be some cost not counted on

28 I. Must Have A Plan II. Must Know How To Build III. Must Have Right Foundation IV. Must Have Good Materials VI. Must Be Prepared For The Cost VII. It Will Take Time V. Must Have Right Tools

29 It Will Take Time It will take longer than you want it to. Quality / workmanship – takes time Quick & Fast is not always good Never seem to get finished Some attempt to build spiritual – want it overnight – Some quick growth – doesnt last (Mt. 13:20-21) –Some get discouraged that they are not what others are…. 2005

30 It Takes Time (Heb. 5:11-14) For a workable knowledge For spiritual maturity To be strong To be a good teacher To have a strong marriage To overcome temptation Never Finished (2 Pet. 3:18)

31 I. Must Have A Plan II. Must Know How To Build III. Must Have Right Foundation IV. Must Have Good Materials VI. Must Be Prepared For The Cost VII. It Will Take Time V. Must Have Right Tools


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