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6th January 2014
How important are foundations? We’ve had many storms recently: torrential rain and strong winds. The subsequent flooding can cause huge damage but it rarely makes a building move. That is because our buildings are built on very firm foundations. A lot of time is spent making sure a foundation is solid and sure so that the building it is built upon will stand firm.
In Matthew 7, Jesus told a parable of two buildings being built: one on a rock; the other on sand. This was always a favourite story of mine when I was a small child. Its central point is simple to understand even for small children. Jesus said that His teaching was foundational; he said we would be foolish to build on anything else. Strong words!
It’s always exciting hearing new teaching that we have never heard before, but everything should be built firmly on the foundational teachings of our faith. With the huge growth of the internet and the readily accessible wealth of information at hand, it can be very easy to build on weak foundations. That is why we developed a revised Foundations course here at King's. The eight-week course doesn't include everything we believe, but it features the foundations that the rest is built on. We look at key subjects such as repentance, faith, baptism in water and in the Holy Spirit, the Church, grace and quite a bit more.
The discussion format of the course is very similar to the hugely successful Alpha course, where a 10-15 minute presentation is given and then there is an opportunity to discuss, ask questions and benefit from the experience of the discussion group leaders.
Just as we should have a regular health check with our GP, it’s a good idea to have a regular check-up of the foundational truths of the Word of God in our hearts. For this reason, anyone could do the course, whether just coming off the Alpha course or established in the church for many years.
Our next Foundations course starts on Thursday 16 January. Sign up here.
Posted by Adrian Pursglove