Day 2

The Church’s One Foundation

from the reading plan

1 Corinthians 3:9-11, Ephesians 1:20-23, Ephesians 2:17-21, Ephesians 5:25-27, Colossians 1:17-20

Rudyard Kipling, inspired by Samuel Stone’s “The Church’s One Foundation,” wrote a hymn of his own called “Hymn Before Action.” It can be sung to the same tune, but I must warn you that its content is radically different from Stone’s. Kipling invokes God’s aid to support blatantly imperial aims.

Kipling’s message may hit a little closer to home than we’d like to admit. Have you ever sought God’s help for something that was really just a selfish wish? I have. We are naturally inclined to think opportunistically of our relationship with God. We have our own ideas about what we want and how God should help us fulfill our wishes. I am grateful that God is both faithful and gracious, dealing patiently even with my presumptuous and petty ways.

Unlike Kipling, Stone’s theme is not about the imperial aims of man, but the kingdom of God. It is part of a series of hymns which expound on the declarations of the Apostle’s Creed. In this hymn, Stone addresses the theme of the Church universal, and the communion of the saints.

This hymn is a reminder of what our forgetful hearts need to hear again and again: Christ is our all. He is the one foundation.

How often we build our lives on false hopes, false foundations, and the lure of worldly success. We seek to build the church on false visions of success—like size, numbers, facilities, and programs—while neglecting the preeminence of Christ. Our hearts are inclined to supplant Jesus and replace Him with our own designs.

It is precisely this “do-it-yourself” kind of faith that Christ confounds. Psalm 127:1 says, “Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain that build it.” I think I read this verse over a thousand times before I noticed that God Himself was the builder. Somehow, I always read this and thought it meant that I should build on my own, after getting some architectural direction from God.

That’s not what the verse says. God is the builder. He has established the church. He builds it. And my communion with Him and with the saints is not rooted in what I have done, but in what He has done. Indeed, Peter declares that we are “living Stones” (1 Peter 2:5). Our chief duty is to rest in Christ and rest upon the foundation He has laid.

Any activity we invest in that is not fixed upon Christ is vanity. Any program we concoct, any relationship we foster, any prayer we utter is vain labor apart from Him.

Stone reminds us that only in Christ do we find peace, sustenance, hope, joy, life, beauty, glory, reconciliation, love, salvation, identity, comfort, endurance, strength, and grace. Christ alone fills all in all (Ephesians 1:23).

Written By Caleb Faires

The Church’s One Foundation
Samuel J. Stone, 1866

The Church’s one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord,
She is His new creation
By water and the Word.
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride;
With His own blood He bought her
And for her life He died.

She is from every nation,
Yet one o’er all the earth;
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.

’Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace forevermore;
Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won,
With all her sons and daughters
Who, by the Master’s hand
Led through the deathly waters,
Repose in Eden land.

O happy ones and holy!
Lord, give us grace that we
Like them, the meek and lowly,
On high may dwell with Thee:
There, past the border mountains,
Where in sweet vales the Bride
With Thee by living fountains
Forever shall abide!

For an added layer of worship during reading plan, we’ve created a Spotify playlist for Hymns! You can find the complete HRT Hymns Playlist here, or listen to the first track on the player below. Enjoy!

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145 thoughts on "The Church’s One Foundation"

  1. Patrick Shen says:

    That a lot of what we are to do is to wait on him. Struggle is very real. Our joy is found in him therefore supersedes all things on earth

  2. Patrick Shen says:

    It is a gospel of salvation.

  3. Patrick Shen says:

    God is the beginning of all things for me. And the fact that he is our foundation is the place i get my identity as the bride of the church.

  4. Patrick Shen says:

    I will look to him first as the begging of all my thoughts and deeds. I will take hope in his promises that my ends are not his ends.

  5. Patrick Shen says:

    I will pray for vision and endurance.

  6. Austin Timko says:

    God is the builder, the architect of my life; of all lives and of all things. Sustain from acting out on selfish desires. Pray that God reveal his will and his plan that you may live in the fullness of Christ’s love.

  7. Austin Timko says:

    It’s always there, always true, always changing, and never lacking in anything. IT IS THE WORD OF GOD.

  8. Austin Timko says:

    Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. Pray. No selfish desires.

  9. Austin Timko says:

    We are selfish. We want what we believe is best for us. But the fact is, we will never know what is best for us without first seeking Gods plan for the situation/opportunity in our life.

  10. Austin Timko says:

    Lord break me to experience the fullness of your love. Give me wisdom, strength, and understand throughout all my days. Enter my heart, speak through my mouth, act through my body, guard my mind heart and soul. Lord, help me be love in others lives.

  11. Jarod Workman says:

    We are nothing without God.

  12. Jarod Workman says:

    God must be the builder of our lives. All of him, none of me.

  13. Kyle says:

    Dear Lord,
    You are the cornerstone and grand architect and builder of my dwelling. Continue to build me so that You– the Holy Spirit– may dwell inside of me. Cleanse me Lord so that I may be presented to You as radiant. Everything I am, everything I have is Yours! Use this ordinary dwelling for Your extraordinary work!
    In Jesus’ name,

  14. Jeff Copeland says:

    In the Gospel we find stability, a rock, upon which we doesn’t change in an ever changing world.

  15. Jeff Copeland says:

    By submitting to the work of Jesus in my life to finish what He started.

  16. Jeff Copeland says:

    The only way our lives will make sense and find fulfillment is in Christ. Jesus is our One and Only true foundation.

  17. Jeff Copeland says:

    God has laid the only foundation in Christ that can Redeem and change humanity. God desires to make us into a holy people who radiate his glory.

  18. Jeff Copeland says:

    Lord open my eyes and move in my heart to yield my life to your work of making me into the man you want me to become. I confess there is nothing this world has to offer than can compare to your presence and work in my life.

  19. Andrew C says:

    That He is in control and in Him is where I find my rest and He is the one who builds the foundation, not me.

  20. Andrew C says:

    That we are broken and in need of a strong rooted faith that is offered to us but we often choose to reject it because we want to be in control or we think God wants us to build our own foundation. But God is the one who builds it.

  21. Andrew C says:

    That part of the good new of Jesus Christ is we can find rest and freedom and all these things in Him and be rooted deeply with Him. Having security.

  22. Andrew C says:

    Share this message with others, and take into account and know that when Satan tells me I’m supposed to make my own foundation of which to stand, that he’s lying and God is the only one who should build my foundation of which to stand.

  23. Joel Selby says:

    I will respond by submitting everything in my life—good and bad—to His guidance, and I will seek His blessing in everything I choose to do, from the huge decisions to the mundane everyday ones.

  24. Joel Selby says:

    God is jealous; He wants me to be in Him and in Him alone. Yet He is gracious, gently confounding my vanity in order to teach me and draw me to Him.

  25. Joel Selby says:

    The good news is that in God’s church, I find abundant life. I have died to my old self and united myself to Christ, and thereby have gained access to my Heavenly Father and the full life He intended for me.

  26. Joel Selby says:

    Man was created to be a part of God, and to do nothing apart from Him. He intends for us to live abundantly in this world He created, but abundance is found only in Him.

  27. Joel Selby says:

    Lord, thwart my every attempt to live for myself and by my own strength. Draw me closer to you daily; bind my wandering heart to you.

  28. Jonny says:

    To me, this points out how God is always there. Through every valley and storm that life may throw my way. That no matter what, I need to bring everything before Him and let Him be in control. Even though at times I may be distracted by the world and what it has to offer, it is all temporary. Whereas, God in all His love and mercies- is eternal.

  29. Jonny says:

    I’ll respond to what I’ve read by trying to remain steadfast in prayer. I find myself coming to God more with my problems than my rejoicing. I need to include Him and share with Him all the moments of my life. I want to acknowledge Him in every area and aspect of my life.

  30. Jonny says:

    Jesus, please renew and instill in me a heart of thankfulness. Thankfulness for what you’ve gotten me through, what you’re getting me through, and what I will have gone through. You are so gracious and loving to me. I pray I would remember to constantly pray to you in all areas and moments of my life. The good, the bad..the happy, the sad. I pray a blessing over myself that you would heal me and renew my faith daily. That I would always choose you first before anything. In Jesus’ Holy and Powerful name, amen.

  31. Jonny says:

    That we can tend to be selfish and caught up in our own ways. We can fail to realize how trivial things can be in the moment. We ask for what we need when we need it..but, do we still come to Jesus in faith when things aren’t tumultuous?

  32. Peter MacDiarmid says:

    He is the foundation to all things and we shouldn’t do anything apart from him

  33. Peter MacDiarmid says:

    We try to do things in our own strength, we were created for relationship with God, God has an overarching plan of salvation

  34. Peter MacDiarmid says:

    It is a timeless plan that will see Christ with his bride for eternity

  35. Braden Mcalister says:

    I will make God the foundation of my life, and live everyday to his demise

  36. Braden Mcalister says:

    That man is weak without God. Also that anything we do to not glorify God is vain.

  37. Braden Mcalister says:

    This teaches me that God is the supreme being and should always have a stable base in my heart.

  38. Braden Mcalister says:

    This teaches me that I must make God the Rock of my heart and that Jesus allowed me to do this through his death

  39. Braden Mcalister says:

    I will pray for hope and joy throughout my day.
    And that my attitude stay on the right path

  40. Isaac Jones says:

    Man is a holy temple and citizen of the kingdom. We are no longer strangers, but sons in the household. We cannot build ourselves, for all our labor will be in vain.

  41. Isaac Jones says:

    The gospel is the foundation, of which Jesus is the corner stone. We, as citizen sons, are being built up by God as a Holy temple. God is faithful to finish the great work He has started in us.

  42. Isaac Jones says:

    I will respond by seeking Him. Instead of finding identity and purpose, and life style from the current popular culture, I will seek God and His Word for the sake of my growth; I will come to God who is the faithful builder.

  43. Isaac Jones says:

    Jesus Christ is the corner stone of the Christian. God is the builder.

  44. Isaac Jones says:

    God; Father; King,

    Please help me by building me up into your creation. May I not be my own, but yours. Thank you for the sanctification given to me so far. I know you are faithful to complete a work you started, but please Lord build me up with haste and compassion that I may give compassion to others and stand starting when they lean on me. In Jesus name, amen.

  45. Nathan Rutman says:

    He has laid everything necessary on this “one foundation” for salvation and life. The church isn’t a once-per-week gathering, but the foretaste of the next life.

  46. Nathan Rutman says:

    I want to be someone who speaks often and freely of this foundation—this kingdom. And yet I so often get wrapped up in other, worldly pursuits: being productive at work, leisure, my to-do list, etc. But Christ did not die (nor secure everlasting joy) through any of those things. He died to lay the foundation of grace for His church. May I be more taken today by that good news than anything else!

  47. Nathan Rutman says:

    It definitely shows man’s need of God’s work—that such a foundation should be laid. We need the complete grace of God through Jesus…a “side dish” of grace on top of worldly desires won’t cut it. Jesus’ work cannot be a sun porch or addition, it must be the foundation—both of the church and of our lives.

  48. Nathan Rutman says:

    The gospel contains all that is necessary to live as a member of the kingdom of God. That vibrant community is purchased, forgiven, reconciled, and redeemed by one simple message: Christ died for my sins.

  49. Nathan Rutman says:

    Help me prize you, Jesus, as my one true glorious King. Let me see your greatness, beauty, holiness, and love in ways that keep my heart close to yours, allow my eyes to see what you see, and prompt my mouth to speak your words. In this is true happiness and joy everlasting.

  50. Matt Rouse says:

    The gospel begins and ends with Jesus! Our works don’t factor in at all. The more we strive the more burden we take on ourselves. It’s pretty crazy that our attitude for good works dictate their effectiveness in our hearts! Good works done to earn the gospel/forgiveness work to oppress us while the exact same good work done in response to Jesus’ love brings about peace and joy!

  51. Matt Rouse says:

    Christ is the cornerstone! He is the only reason the church has been able to stand through the persecutions and attempts to silence it over the centuries! Without Christ we have nothing and all is lost.

  52. Matt Rouse says:

    Man is weak and frail even the strongest among us are diseased, destined for failure and sinful. If man were the cornerstone of the Church the gospel would not have persevered. Thanks Hod for Jesus and the cross!

  53. Nathan Seibt says:

    God, let all my actions be by Christ and for Christ.

  54. Craig says:

    Man can not create. We can let the Lord work through us, but our foundation is Christ and our internal structure, our spiritual house, is built by Him.

    From then, all we create is allowing the Lord’s design to move through us.

  55. Craig says:

    That he is a builder. My drive to create, to bring about newness, is something that stems from Him. He has designed me to want to design things in His image. And I can only do that when I allow him to move through me. An assembly line can only create what it is designed tondo when it is being maintained and inspected and kept up to top notch quality.

  56. Will Givens says:

    I am quick to attempt to justify my existence with my work. I would rather reside in makeshift lean-two’s than mansions of luxury as long as I was able to build it for myself. We trade a holiday by the sea for muddies in the slums.

  57. Will Givens says:

    He is not passive. He is building. Even when it seems like nothing is being constructed, He is at work nonetheless. He rarely works in the visible medium for our eyes are too weak to see the temples He is building. He is our sure foundation.

  58. Will Givens says:

    I will respond in faithful rest. I will lay down the 7 power tools I am attempting to wield all at once and recognize my own inability. Even on my best day, at my most spiritual “high” I am wholly unable to complete the task at hand. So I will rest and work expectantly that He as at work in the synapse of my efforts and the outcome. For nothing I can produce will ever be of any worth, only to the extent that my work can be so transparent as to show Christ in it.

  59. Will Givens says:

    The gospel does not require my best efforts in the equation for salvation and furthermore my best works are not sufficient to even garner me interest or affection from the Father. In fact it is not my strength that turns his heart toward me but my weakness. He opposes the proud but is near to the broken hearted.

  60. Will Givens says:

    Christ, teach my wandering heart these things. Set me like flint after you. Guide me Jesus for without you I am hopelessly blind. Lead me beside still waters and fill my cup. Jesus be my portion, my strength, and my foundation. Strip me of nothing but yourself and give me more and more of you.


  61. Anson Sexton says:

    This reaffirms my understanding of God’s great love for people, and the ultimate price He paid as He demonstrated His love in order to redeem His church.

  62. Anson Sexton says:

    This helps me realize that many times my efforts to craft sermons, curate setlists & promotes services for our church shouldn’t stem from my own strength. As I continue to carry out those tasks, I must recognize God working in/thru my life according to His strength & purposes instilled within me — and others. I can find rest in the fact that it’s ultimately God’s will which plays out in my life — and the lives of those around me.

  63. Anson Sexton says:

    We often focus on our own strength & efforts to determine success. It is challenging to consider the work God is doing in/thru us — rather than just gone in on our own determination.

  64. Anson Sexton says:

    As I continue to carry out the tasks ahead of me, I need to rely upon God to be my all in all. He is at work & He is on the move. May my awareness of this be more prevalent, and may I find rest upon His foundation.

  65. Caleb Troy says:

    Especially today the church is in distress. I feel the struggle to see where we as a church fit in to current events and the tragedies and changes going on every day. And in that it is easy to get caught up in our own performance. It’s natural to make plans based on what we think would be the best role for the church to play. It’s comforting to be reminded that Jesus has laid the foundation. And that our victory as his bride is found solely in him. It simplifies our strategies and decisions as the church in this world. We should be sharing the love, grace, comfort, strength and peace we know we have from Christ. And trust our Heavenly Father is in control of the rest.

  66. Caleb Troy says:

    My response is a prayer for humility and trust to build my life on the foundation Christ has set before me. And each time I let my pride get in the way and cloud my judgement, to ask Jesus to help me rely on him.

  67. Caleb Troy says:

    The gospel is the foundation of my life and the foundation of the church. Forgetting about that in an attempt to perform, and progress our own success will leave us short as a church every time.

  68. Zach Lyons says:

    Man is no architect. Our plans are but foolishness to God; when we give ourselves to him and allow him to do his work in our lives, it is only then that our lives become something beautiful.

  69. Zach Lyons says:

    That he is the “master builder”, and that the master builder is the only one with blueprints truly worth building.

  70. andrew says:

    Lord, teach me to appreciate your body. teach me to love the church as i should, because of the way you love the church. i pray i will be convicted, and that conviction would lead me to change, so that the church will become more precious to me, as You become more precious to me. perfect me in Your love and grow me in your grace, with continual sanctification.


  71. andrew says:

    God is an unchanging and firm foundation. in Him and His Spirit and His Son, we grow and are sanctified and we have the ability to have fellowship with one another because of His perfect love and salvation which He has granted us, and He has adopted us through.

  72. andrew says:

    we do not take the opportunity to grow in Christ like we should. Christ has called His people and has given them a way to grow with each other. i, personally, do not take fellowship as seriously as i know i should.

  73. Benjamin McKnight says:

    To God that I will forget the wishes of my flesh by putting on Jesus and not showing Benjamin, but God who’s image I was made in.

  74. Benjamin McKnight says:

    God wants us to focus not on success on earth, but success in the church and success that is not tangible the same way that a business is.

  75. Jordan Koschei says:

    God does all the work, and so I can rest in Him. In fact, I have to – it is presumptuous and incorrect for me to do otherwise.

  76. Jordan Koschei says:

    I will seek moments throughout the day to remember that God is in control, my salvation is already won, and Christ has already ransomed me. There is nothing I can do to add to my salvation.

  77. Jordan Koschei says:

    Man’s inclination is to try to do the work himself, and we have to constantly remind ourselves and reorient ourselves towards resting in Christ.

  78. Jordan Koschei says:

    Lord, give me the gratitude and memory to rest in You without trying to usurp your role as my Savior. Help me to rest in You. Help me to rest, period, and free me from the anxiety that my restlessness often leads to. Thank you for saving me. Help me to live in freedom!

  79. Jordan Koschei says:

    The Gospel understands my inclination to try to earn favor with God, and spends so much time reminding me to do otherwise and rest in Christ alone.

  80. Christopher Nicolas says:

    Once a church is build Jesus is the only way the church will stand the test of time. The love of GOD needs to be in the church.

  81. Christopher Nicolas says:

    GOD is the reason we have a church and we can only grow if we depend on Jesus

  82. Christopher Nicolas says:

    GOD bless my church and fill your spirit in all of us and let us worship you and praise you and live for you.

  83. Christopher Nicolas says:

    Man are to be selfless and help others just like GOD helped us and we need to rely on the most high

  84. Christopher Nicolas says:

    Father, thank you for being with our church through the ups and down. You have never foresaken us even in our sinful nature. Bless us lord and show us what we must do to grow more intimate with you GOD . In Jesus name, amen.

  85. Zac Runyon says:

    Man is foolish, and neglects our creator.

  86. Zac Runyon says:

    God is truly our sustenance for all things. Our All in all has offered us His grace, and foolishly we neglect it. Thankfully, God’s nature forgives us each day, knowing our flesh, and gratefully continues to welcome us with open arms.

  87. Zac Runyon says:

    I will begin to be more foreword with my faith, casually mentioning my church going desires- throwing scripture into advice, and being more prayerful than normal.

  88. Zac Runyon says:

    The Gospel is our reason to live, our insight to be sanctified. Our motivation to live as Christ did.

  89. Zac Runyon says:

    I will pray for strength, health, and a light that shines through myself onto others- so that all may see Christ.

  90. Evan Tinklenberg says:

    We are not alone. And we are not fully who we were created to be when we are alone. Man has been created for community, for communion with God and with one another as creatures of God. Yet we in our sinful rebellion against God often choose selfishness over community, and to overcome this tendency we need the grace and mercy of God in Christ, as well as the Holy Spirit of Christ in us to change us utterly.

  91. Evan Tinklenberg says:

    The Gospel is more than just good news to me; it is good news for billions of those whom God has called! God saves us personally, yes, but He saves us into a community which is the body of Jesus Christ himself!

  92. Evan Tinklenberg says:

    God is a triune community, and He does not call to Himself mere individuals. Rather, He calls, redeems, sanctifies, and sustains a people for Himself, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. God also reveals Himself to be gracious in the act of creating a community for Himself; He knows that we are apt to wander away from Him when we rely on our own strength, and “he places the poor in families”, as the Psalmist says, a gracious showing of His love for us.

  93. Evan Tinklenberg says:

    I will respond in love towards my brothers and sisters in Christ, and I will give my whole life to the Church; to gathering more people in so that more can be sent. In doing this I am acting, through the Holy Spirit, in line with the behavior of the divine community, as the people of God continue to grow.

  94. Evan Tinklenberg says:

    Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…

    I give you thanks that in Christ the Church is perfectly loved, and in Christ you have revealed that deep love which led our Lord to the cross. Thank you that you have purchased with your own blood a people for yourself, and you are working by your Holy Spirit to make us more like you. I pray, O Lord, with all the saints throughout history, that you would come soon, and that your Church would be the beautiful bride that you are making us into.

  95. Geoffrey Belk says:

    This teaches by certain that God is our foundation and nothing we do without him is gonna stand. Anything we do or say without Him as our foundation is vanity.

  96. Geoffrey Belk says:

    The Gospel is always true. It is the true and loving word of God. With God as our foundation the gospel will be blessed as we do our work as he provides. The gospel is our direction of example.

  97. Geoffrey Belk says:

    This teaches us that man does so many thing in vanity. We think we can do it on our own and it only leads to failure with Him against the beginning.

  98. Geoffrey Belk says:

    I will try to empty myself of things so that HE can fill me with His Spirit. This will keep at the foundation of my thinking, and skiing of anything. In my working, talking, socializing.

  99. Geoffrey Belk says:

    Lord, I pray that you will always push things in front of me that are only if you. Your purpose you direction. From the words of a song. Lord empty me so that I can be filled with you. Help me make you the foundation in my home, family and relationships.

  100. Austin Helsel says:

    This teaches me that God thinks of his church as wife with no wrinkles are spots and nothing to look at and say how bad it looks, this also teaches me about a different way I can look at God how Jesus his head is looking down on us like a head does and his body but the rest of him is the church itself

  101. Wilder Adkins says:

    Without a firm foundation of truth to rest upon, man does a lot of wavering and moral reasoning based on his own desires.

  102. Ryan Brooksbank says:

    While other religions seek to reach God by great or perfect actions, our God came to us, did what we could not and brought us to Him. All actions we do are just (imperfect but divinely requested) reactions to the already performed Action. Praise God for doing what we could not and for loving us.

  103. Ryan Brooksbank says:

    Oh how blessed it is. Christ brought me close to him and close to my brother. Peace (true peace) is only available through Christ.

  104. Ryan Brooksbank says:

    Live my life in response to what He has done. Live my life as one huge and an infinitesimal number of mini thank you(s) to God by loving and living for Him as He wills

  105. Ryan Brooksbank says:

    We can toil all we want. But if we do this in order to make ourselves great, or known, or saved, then we toil in cane. God sent Christ as our foundation and salvation

  106. Ryan Brooksbank says:

    Pray that I would be humble and seek God’s will. That I would seek peace with my brothers and sisters and ultimately that I would rest and act in the knowledge of the gospel

  107. Erik says:

    We need to be focused more on Jesus Christ instead of our denominational goals and plans.

  108. Erik says:

    His plans have always been to save his bride, the Church. Through all turmoil and chaos, He presses on.

  109. Erik says:

    It maps out the story of redemption, how God from the beginning has built the Church, and will continue to do so until the day that Jesus comes down to meet his bride.

  110. Erik says:

    Focus less on the success of church programs, and not getting caught in a cramp when things don’t go my way. Seek unity: When Jesus returns He will want to meet his Bride, not a harem of churches!

  111. Erik says:

    Jesus, help me to focus on what is inportant and on the things that give You glory. Let me pursue the well-being of the Church as a whole and seek unity, rather than complaining about things that don’t go according to my personal vision.

  112. Dalton Beaty says:

    The Gospel is of God’s doing only, no man other than Jesus himself could have any significant impact in the completion, it is God only.

  113. Dalton Beaty says:

    In man’s greed and longing to be recognized, we get lost in trying to bring into light our doings that we think have grown the church. That is not what righteous fruit in a church looks like. It is the recognition of God’s preeminence that is what keeps a church in healthy state and provides fruit in it’s body and surrounding community.

  114. Dalton Beaty says:

    I must allow God’s all-knowing, all-creating power to reign more in my life. All too often I allow the human inclination of self-promotion to enter into my thought process. God alone is responsible for our being and all that involves it.

  115. Dalton Beaty says:

    God is the pioneer, the builder, the architect, the contractor, the cornerstone, and all of the above of his Church. We have done nothing to build his Church. God’s preeminence must be what we endlessly remind ourselves when we consider any doings of His bride, the Church.

  116. Dalton Beaty says:

    I must ask for grace and forgiveness for my neglecting of God’s building and creating ability. God alone is responsible for all that I could ever see or do. I fail to allow that understanding remain in my heart. God alone.

  117. Dereck says:

    God is our one and ONLY foundation! We should build up our stores in Him and Him alone. Building in our design is putting God second, instead, we should only rest in knowing that God is building for us. He is the Master Builder and we are his servants. Everything we do should be focused to him and In accordance to His will. God loves us unconditionally but if we take the focus off of Him, we are acting in vain.

  118. Dereck says:

    The Gospel is truth. We can trust it 100%. The Gospel is God-breathed and helps us to understand God’s purpose for us.

  119. Dereck says:

    Man has a self centered view that is built into his flesh. Sin has twisted man’s image and let’s us easily put our wants and wishes before God’s plan. We need to be guarded to that sense of flesh desire and always strive to put God’s will first and rest in Him knowing that He will build us up and empower us for His purpose.

  120. Dereck says:

    I will strive to rest in God and build on His foundation with Christ as my cornerstone. He is the only way to build a solid and structured form. I will rest peacefully knowing that God has my best interest in mind and is building me up for His purpose.

  121. Dereck says:

    I will pray for steadfastness, for strength, for my eyes, ears, mind, and mouth to be guarded. For my focus to be on God alone and for Him to direct my paths in accordance to His will. May my eyes be always focused on Him. May everything I do give glory to God and may he be well pleased in His child.

  122. Luke says:

    It ought to be transforming the church, as a whole, as a people who already have Jesus dwelling in them, we ought to live out that reality!

  123. Luke says:

    It blows my mind to think that the fullness of Jesus dwells in his church! I’m so excited to explore more of what that means!

  124. Luke says:

    I want to pray more FOR the church; this beautiful, sinewy body of Christ, that we might live more in light of the reality of who we are!

  125. Andy says:

    I will let God control my ministry, not me trying to make my own path

  126. Clark Eggen says:

    God is the foundation and the builder let him lead. I can’t do it on my own. Give him the reins.

  127. Hardin Crowder says:

    We are all meant to love God and love one another as his Church, built upon the foundation that is Jesus Christ our Lord.

  128. Hardin Crowder says:

    God (and more specifically Christ) is the one foundation of the Church. No other person, work, organization, message, or philosophy could replace the foundation.

  129. Hardin Crowder says:

    The Gospel is the good news of what God has done in and through Jesus Christ. This is the foundation upon which all other Christians thoughts and works should be built.

  130. Hardin Crowder says:

    I will remember to root all that I do in Christ and His Gospel, rather than the flimsy and faulty foundation of my own works and righteousness.

  131. Hardin Crowder says:

    Lord, teach me to see everything I do in light of you and not in light of my own foundation or my own standards and goals. Teach me to remember not to start any work or project without remembering to build it upon your foundation.

  132. Ryan Orndorff says:

    He is enough forever

  133. Ryan Orndorff says:

    Misleading when not rooted in Christ.

  134. Ryan Orndorff says:

    Build upon God and not myself.

  135. Ryan Orndorff says:

    A guide to following a Christ like foundation.

  136. Ryan Orndorff says:

    To build my personal relationships.

  137. Kevin Cox says:

    He is building His church. He fills it. He unified it. He is the head

  138. Kevin Cox says:

    God through Christ is saving, cleansing and purifying His bride.

  139. Kevin Cox says:

    Lord forgive me for thinking about my own efforts to build. May it be yours Lord not my own

  140. Kevin Cox says:

    If we work in our own efforts, we labor in vain. A church built by our abilities is a useless endeavor.

  141. Andrew Geist says:

    We are selfish, because of sin.

  142. Andrew Geist says:

    He alone is our one foundation

  143. Andrew Geist says:

    Humbly ask God to remove my pride and selfishness!

  144. Andrew Geist says:

    That surrendering to Jesus’ control is the only way to see God kingdom come.

  145. Andrew Geist says:

    God bumble me, make me a servant, give me a servants heart let me not lose sight that your will is my will. In Jesus name Amen.

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