Building on a Solid Foundation

Introduction and Lesson 1

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Introduction:
 

  • Read 1 Corinthians 3:10-15.
    “10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw, 13 their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14 If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15 If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.”

  • You may be a Christian, but are you building well?

  • What materials are you using? Will they pass through the fire?

  • This course is designed to help you build well.

 

Lesson 1: How well do you see?
 

Part One- Fallen Eyes

  • Read 1 Corinthians 13:12.
    “12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.”
    What does Paul mean when he says that “we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror”?

  • Take a look at this picture. What do you see?

  • Read Matthew 6:22-23.
    “22 “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,[a] your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”
    What does Jesus mean when He says, “The eye is the lamp of the body”? What’s the difference between “healthy” and “unhealthy” eyes?

    • In the beginning, did Adam and Eve have “healthy” or “unhealthy” eyes?

  • Read Genesis 3:4-5.
    “4 “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5 “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
    What happened?

  • Ever since the Fall, there’s been a problem with human eyesight. Read 2 Cor. 4:4.
    “4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

  • Read John 9:39-41.
    "39 Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, “What? Are we blind too?” Jesus said, “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains.”
    What did Jesus mean by these words?

 

Part Two- Is there healing for our eyesight?

  • Read Matthew 11:25-27.
    “25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do. “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
    What did Jesus mean by this? What does this prayer tell us about human eyesight?

  • Read Matthew 13:16.
    “16 But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.”
    What has caused the disciples to “see”?

  • Read Ephesians 1:18-19.
    “18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength”
    What does Paul mean when he speaks about the “eyes of the heart”? In what ways are the eyes of the heart more important than our physical eyes? What should we be able to see with the eyes of our heart?

  • Read 2 Corinthians 12:2-4.
    “2 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know—God knows. 3 And I know that this man—whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows— 4 was caught up to paradise and heard inexpressible things, things that no one is permitted to tell.”
    What is Paul describing here? Who is he talking about? What happened to him?

  • Read Ephesians 2:6.
    “6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,”
    What happens to your eyesight when you sit in a high place?

  • Read Revelation 4:1-2.
    “After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it.”
    What enabled John to see this amazing sight?

 

Part Three-- Define “Worldview”—“A particular philosophy of life or conception of the world.”

  • There are many different worldviews: scientific, consumerist, nationalistic…

  • What is a Christian worldview? How is it formed?

  • The Christian “worldview” is…

    • Informed by the Word of God which is the written testimony concerning the Living Word of God, Jesus Christ.

    • Informed by our experience of life in the Holy Spirit.

    • Worldview exercise—meditate on one of the two passages below. Then, draw what you “see”! John 1:1-5. Acts 17:24-28

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