If you’re anything like me, then you’ve spent considerable time “building” on the foundation of the material world. Building a worldview from the foundation that physical science describes everything. Building a life towards the goals enshrined by materialism. Building yourself to best fit the ideals of that life.
But the ideals are limited, necessarily so in a finite world. The rewards of their pursuits are sometimes enjoyable, but rarely reliable (and sometimes come at others’ expense). It can seem like a zero-sum game. Not to mention that this worldview can’t fully explain the most essential components of life: consciousness and love. Nor can it explain the “miracles” of prophets like Jesus, or thousands recorded in the Christian Science periodicals. (Incidentally, this week’s Sentinel shares healings of grief, a growth, and shingles; muscle strain; and chronic back pain.)
So… what foundation do we build on? Various luminaries throughout history have given helpful answers to this question, and we’re exploring some of the best this week. The apostle Paul said,
“no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ.”
“The supremacy of Spirit was the foundation on which Jesus built.”
From this foundation, Jesus, Peter (“rock”), Paul, Mrs. Eddy, the writers of those testimonies linked above, I, other members of jpchurch, and countless others have demonstrated morals uplifted, love, physical health, walking on water, finding purpose, raising the dead, achieving joy, and other beautiful illustrations of the reliability of building on this firm rock.
This week, our pastor has a wonderful sermon on the subject of matter for us, discussing these questions of foundations (and whether they belong in matter). We’d love for you to join us in hearing it, along with a bit of lovely singing and powerful prayer, this Sunday morning at 10:35 (EDT), @ 687 Centre St. in JP for locals or (605) 475-4000 x636128 for everybody.
Build on Love.