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Building on The Solid Rock

Matthew 16:13-20

(Scripture Focus: verse 18)

As I poured over several accounts of the Wheatland story, I was intrigued by one of many facts.  A group of people decided to build a log cabin to have a place to worship even though they were different denominations.  The log cabin was constructed on a site located southwest of the intersection of Highway 67 and Camp Wisdom Road.  The little church was attended by people of all denominations from the surrounding countryside and its pulpit was filled each Sunday by circuit riders of different religious persuasions.

In 1847 it was organized as a Methodist Church, at which time it was called Wesley Chapel.  Although it was officially a Methodist church, people of different religious beliefs still attended it, since it was the only church in the area.  In another account, I found that the other denominations housed in the little log cabin were the Christian Church and the Baptists Congregation.

When I arrived at Wheatland, there were two congregations worshipping on this campus.  House of Healing was once a Mennonite congregation which later became Independent.  It is now pastored by Rev. Raymond Delgado.  Almost a year ago, a gentleman approached us about using one of our buildings to start a church.  Today, the Church of the Weeping Prophet uses the sanctuary immediately after this service and it is led by Apostle Sammie Clewis.

After reading the history of Wheatland, I realized that the same DNA still exists and there are different denominations worshipping together on the same campus, but not necessarily in the same house.  From where I sit, I wonder what God is trying to tell us.  I set out to get to know our neighbors, not as tenants, but as Christians believers.  I have preached for Rev. Clewis and Wheatland has joined Rev. Delgado and the House of Healing family for several church events.  They participated in our World Communion Day.

Part of our history is portrayed on a wall in an alcove in the sanctuary.  As you looked at the pictures, you can get a glimpse of the undergirding of this church. The original wooden beams still hold up this structure.  The stones that were cut by hand are still visible.  When we did the church renovation, the bricks from an old stove were found.  It is all still here.

Although the church has weathered many a storm, it has had its glory days also.  It has a rich history and it is good to remind ourselves that history has as its major component people.  None of this would mean much had believers not been interested in having a place to worship the God they professed and the Jesus they gave their hearts to.

The church is built on the solid rock.  Its foundation is sure.  It is not built on manmade ideals and idiosyncrasies.  It is quite the opposite; those ideals are fashioned from Biblical truths and colored by humankind.

From the Old to the New Testaments, we have been privileged to hear the voice of God through the kings, prophets, disciples, and those who believe in Jesus Christ.  It is God’s church.  As you read the 7th chapter of 2nd Chronicles, Solomon and the priests dedicated the temple and consecrated the middle part of the courtyard in front of the temple of the LORD, but hear the words of the LORD in verses 11-12 and 16.

When Solomon had finished the temple of the LORD and the royal palace, and had succeeded in carrying out all he had in mind to do in the temple of the LORD and in his own palace, the LORD appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices.  In verse 16 we read these words, “I have chosen and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever.  May eyes and my heart will always be there.”

In Isaiah 28:16, these words remind us of our spiritual foundation, “So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.” 

In I Corinthians 3:10-11, Paul tells the believers in Corinth that “by the grace of God, he has laid a foundation as an expert builder, but he notices that someone else is building on the foundation. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” In verse 16, he questions the people about knowing that they are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in them.  Verse 17 warns that if anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacred, and you are that temple.

The one who has accepted Jesus Christ should guard him/herself against those things and people that come proclaiming anything else but Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Guard yourself against wrong teaching.  Study the Scriptures so that you are not tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine that comes along.  Build on the sure foundation which is Christ Jesus. Be careful of the things of this world that flatter your fancy.  They are temporary and built on sinking sand.  Only in Christ are all things secure. If you establish the things of life upon this foundation, you will have eternal life in Christ.