The Leaning Church

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[Note: The Turnaround Fellowship series will return Tuesday.]

I wanted to encourage everyone this evening to stay close to Christ. It's sounds so simple. Let me say it again: Build whatever—life, church, fellowship, etc., on Him. It may sound simple. But it's vital.

I preached this past weekend on Jesus' parable of the two houses—one built on rock and one built on sand. You can click here to listen to the message, entitled, "Time to Shine." It was one that left a mark on me…in a good way. Fairly often, I feels as though sermon preparation and delivery benefits me spiritually far more than it does anyone else :) 

Jesus said in no uncertain terms that when we hear his words and do them we are building on rock—and no storm can bring the house down. If hear His words and don't do them, we build on sand. When the rains come down and floods come up, the house on the sand will go, "splat," as the Sunday School song goes. You can usually tell when something is built on a solid foundation.

The Leaning Tower of Pisa is the world's most famous "leaner." It's a leaner because it is built in Pisa, which means, "marshy." Thus, it's built on a crummy foundation. But, it's not the most tilted building in the world. That honor actually belongs to a church in the German town of Suurhusen. It's pictured above. Here's the point: it's possible for even churches to be built on the wrong foundation. Jesus says that those who build on rock are those who hear his words and do them. Most churches are built on Jesus and seek to put His words into practice. Some more than others, however.

We don't need any leading churches, or any leaning leaders. If you can tell you're leaning a bit, or people are noticing you're leaning a bit, check the foundation. Even if you aren't obviously leaning it's always good to examine the foundation of our lives and ministries periodically just as we would the foundation of our earthly homes.

It couldn't be more vital to the well-being of the church that leaders stay close to Christ. My buddy Cam Huxford is putting on a great conference called, The Next Level: Leadership Conference, for churches looking to go to the "next level." Cam is just a wise, integrity-filled, seasoned, pastor. Savannah Christian Church, where he serves, is absolutely awesome. Listen to the little 1-minute podcast for some godly counsel.

And…

Most importantly…stay close to Christ. Seek His words. Hear His words. Do His words.

"Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it." – Matthew 7:24-27

Dr. Tim Spivey is Lead Planter of New Vintage Church in San Diego, California. He is the author of numerous articles and one book, "Jesus: The Powerful Servant." A sought after speaker for events, Tim also serves as Adjunct Professor of Religion at Pepperdine University. Tim serves as a church consultant, and his writings are featured on ChurchLeaders.com, Church Executive magazine, Faith Village, Sermon Central, and Giving Rocket.

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  1. Great lesson Tim. “Hear” and “Do” make the house stand. Church leaders and teachers must make Jesus’ words abundantly clear — holding up the values of exposition of the Word, Bible classes, home study. The victory or defeat is in the doing of what we learn. How we encourage lifestyle obedience and discipleship — teach people to “do” — this is a little more difficult in the churches, but it’s a mandate we must continue to work on.