From the Apostle Desk

Laying Foundations for Spiritual Growth

 
Approaching a worker with a set of plans under his arm, it was inquired, “Can you give us some idea when the building is going to begin?” His chuckle made it obvious the question had come up before.
 
“It’s hard to believe it,” he said, “but this hole is the most important part of the building. We have to dig down several hundred feet and build a solid foundation to support a structure that’s over seventy stories tall. It will take several months to pour the concrete and sink the steel pillars, but then we’ll start going up.
 
Once we start, it will rise pretty fast!” The Bible compares living the Christian life with constructing a building. Just as there are phases in building a building, there are phases in the growth of a Christian, and the first phase is: “laying a foundation.” Our initial salvation experience is the beginning of a process of growth that lasts a lifetime. The success of our spiritual growth is determined by the strength of our spiritual foundation. Matthew 7: 24-27 asserts that the Christian life built on a solid foundation will withstand the storms of life. The tallest building in the South is still standing today. Believers who lay solid foundations are more likely to stand tall than those who fail to establish a solid base for growth.
 
The foundations phase actually consists of four interconnecting parts:
  • relating to God,
  • relating to other Christians,
  • understanding truth,
  • and applying truth so that it transforms us.
  • Let’s explore these together!