“PASTOR PAUL’S PARAGRAPHS”
Dear Members and Friends of Sweetwater Baptist Church:
Recently, I had the opportunity to prayer walk the foundational slab of our new church facility. As I walked around it I was reminded of how critical and important foundations are. Without a strong foundation a structure will become weak and possibly even collapse. Psalm 11:3 declares, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
There are several important foundations that I would like to mention. First of all, there is a NATIONAL FOUNDATION. As we celebrate our country’s independence on July 4th, we are reminded that our nation was originally built upon the foundation of God. When the Pilgrims came to this country from Europe, they came in search of religious freedom. Our national motto is “In God We Trust.” Ronald Reagan once said, “If we ever forget that we are ‘One Nation Under God,’ then we will be a nation gone under.” Psalm 33:12 reminds us, “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.” Psalm 144:15 also states, “Happy are the people whose God is the Lord!” (NKJV) We must never forget that the foundation of America is God.
Secondly, there is an ECCLESIASTICAL FOUNDATION. Jesus Christ is the foundation of the Church. Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, “Upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” The church is an eternal institution because it is founded upon the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:20 states, “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone.”
Finally, there is a PERSONAL FOUNDATION. Jesus is the foundation for the Christian life. First Corinthians 3:11 declares, “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (NIV) Jesus is a strong foundation to build your life upon. Jesus said in Matthew 7:24, “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.” When you build you life, marriage, and home upon the person of the Lord Jesus Christ it will stand the test of time. Isaiah 28:16 says, “See this is what the Sovereign Lord says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation’.” (NIV)
It is a Joy and Privilege to Serve You!
With a Pastor’s Love,