Building operation of Jesus
1 Know your Foundation is Good
Rock is the apostles – Ephesians 2.
Never before have we had so many translations and such poor knowledge of the scriptures.
6th article of the Church of England – the scriptures contain all things necessary for salvation.
2. Trust Your Founder
Talks about the 3 kw heater in his daughter’s bed room and the contrasts with the 1200 tonnes of its own mass burned every second by the sun, and this is only the tip of the power of God.
We run around saying “We’re all doomed” and this is the founder.
3. Check the Framework
“My” Church – note the possessive
Definitely doesn’t say “I will build your Church”
You can see it’s in trouble when people say “it’s their Church.”
Jesus isn’t going to build your Church – it’s his Church
Problem comes when the possessive moves.
The sweetest music on the violin is made when the bow is held lightly. Know who has the crown rights in the Church.
He is building out of “living stones” – know the difference between a brick and a stone – stones are all unique..
The famous illustration of Michaelangelo with the block of marble saying “I know that there is an angel waiting to get out.” God’s doing this deal with you. This is salvation.
How do you get a horse out of stone – you chop away every part that isn’t a horse.
Tells the story of Douglas Knapp, the man known as having the strongest forearms in the Southern Convention. He was ambushed by tribes in Africa and told to pray for their chief. If he lives then you live, if he dies, then you die. He prayed and prayed and eventually 1,000s turned to Christ and he baptised 24,000 people. The forearms is a reference to the effort it takes to hold a man submerged in water during baptism.
“I know guys who died when they were 35 and didn’t get buried until they were 82”
Sandhill Crane which swaps who leads out front, and when the leader is flying, taking all the turbulence they honk encouragement.
4. Engage In Fight
There are no demilitarised zones in the Church.
Talks about the rising forces of Islam and Secularism, although also mocks the Atheist bus – that Dawkins put forward £5,000 and managed to raise £135,000. Brady wants to ask “Are they all tight-fisted peasants Richard?”
We are in a battle for souls.
5. Confident About The Future(38 mins)
At the A1 near Tempstowe there is a place which will never be found in the heart of God “Church End”. The Church will last longer than this nation. We know the result. There is a glorious future.