Strengthening Your ‘Foundations’

Strengthening Your ‘Foundations’

As the classic kids’ church song says, “The wise man built his house upon the Rock, and the rains came tumbling down. The rains came down and the floods went up … But the house on the Rock stood firm.” And as we think about our new series, it only makes sense that this would be the type of song that comes to mind when we think of our title: Foundations. For without the proper structure in place for our Christian life, our walk with Jesus Christ becomes one of unsteady confidence and patchy guesswork.

It does not have to be this way.

In fact, it is not supposed to be.

It is for this reason that what we will be covering in our new series is so important. For as Paul reminds us in Ephesians 4:14, we need Foundations, “so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes.”

We must build up to grow up, and anything less than solid Foundations is detrimental. Knowing what you believe and why is vital in understanding the God that loved us so much that He sent His only son to die on the cross for each and every one of us. The Gospel plus anything else is heresy.

When we come to a saving faith in Jesus Christ, one thing becomes very evident: God is a god of order, not chaos. For all the aspects of God and the Christian life that we come to discover the longer we walk with our Savior, nothing about Him, or what we are to do to follow Him, actually changes. These things only become clearer. However, as we will come to find out together, there are some indisputable starting points we can all benefit from, and they are as follows:

The Bible, God, Trinity, Jesus, sin + atonement, regeneration + Holy Spirit, humanity, Heaven, and the Church itself.

And over the span of this series, we will have a chance to cover all these topics. Join us every Sunday between here and March 3 at either our 9:30 a.m. or 11 a.m. service as we strengthen our Foundations and check out some additional resources below (as there are many, many more out there and available):

On the Bible

MESSAGE: “The Word of God” (January 7, 2024)

BOOKS:

The Divine Mentor, Wayne Cordeiro

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth, Gordon D. Fee and Douglas Stuart

How (Not) to Read the Bible, Dan Kimball

Why I Trust the Bible, William D. Mounce

The Bible, Andrew Ollerton

Cold-Case Christianity, J. Warner Wallace

On God

MESSAGE: “Our Great God” (January 21, 2024)

BOOKS:

God Has a Name, John Mark Comer

Knowing God, J.I. Packer

Desiring God, John Piper

Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer

On the Trinity

MESSAGE: “Our Great God” (January 21, 2024)

BOOKS:

Superheroes Can’t Save You, Todd Miles

Delighting in the Trinity, Michael Reeves

The Deep Things of God, Fred Sanders

The Forgotten Trinity, James R. White

On Jesus

MESSAGE: “The Person of Jesus” (January 28, 2024)

BOOKS:

Jesus According to Scripture, Darrell L. Bock

Putting Jesus in His Place, Robert M. Bowman Jr.

Too Good to Be False, Tom Gilson

Gentle and Lowly, Dane C. Ortlund

The Loveliness of Christ, Samuel Rutherford

The Man Christ Jesus, Bruce Ware

On Sin + Atonement

MESSAGE: “Atonement” (February 4, 2024)

BOOKS:

Knowing Sin, Mark Jones

The Mortification of Sin, John Owen

The Cross of Christ, John R.W. Stott

The Sinfulness of Sin, Ralph Venning

On Regeneration + Holy Spirit

MESSAGE: “Regeneration: A New Life in Christ” (February 11, 2024)

BOOKS:

Forgotten God, Francis Chan

Decision Making and the Will of God, Garry Friesen

Christ Formed in You, Brian G. Hedges

Analog Christian, Jay Kim

The Doctrine of Repentance, Thomas Watson

Renovation of the Heart, Dallas Willard

On Humanity

MESSAGE: “Imago Dei” (February 18, 2024)

BOOKS:

The Everlasting Man, G.K. Chesterton

Our Deepest Desires, Gregory E. Ganssle

The Truth about Us, Brant Hansen

The Purpose of Man, A.W. Tozer

On Heaven

BOOKS:

Heaven, Randy Alcorn

We Shall See God, Randy Alcorn

The Saints’ Everlasting Rest, Richard Baxter

Imagine Heaven, John Burke

All Things News, John Eldredge

One Minute After You Die, Erwin W. Lutzer

The Case for Heaven, Lee Strobel

On the Church

BOOKS:

The Church of Christ, James Bannerman

Challenging Conversations, Jason Jimenez

Analog Church, Jay Kim

The Church in Babylon, Erwin L. Lutzer

Hitting the Marks, Barry J. York