I have the best view in the city. Out my office windows the men from Clancy & Theys are hard at work on our new church building. As I type there is a truck pouring cement to form the footings of our sanctuary.
I don’t know anything about construction, but it isn’t hard to understand that foundations are important. Men have been on-site all week surveying, taking measurements, digging holes, building forms and measuring everything all over again. If the foundation isn’t level across the site then we will have the leaning tower of Raleigh! If the quality or consistency of the concrete is below standard then it will not be able to support the weight of the building. If the dirt around it is not properly compacted and prepared the ground itself will give way and erode. As one visitor to my office this week observed, “foundations are everything.”
What is true of church buildings is true of the Church as God’s gathered people. Our foundation is paramount and we need to pay careful attention to its maintenance and upkeep. What is our foundation? The simple gospel message that we are sinners saved by the grace of God through faith in his son, Jesus Christ.
Everything about us ought to flow out of this foundation-reality and reflect the truth of this great claim. As we build, as we preach, as we gather in community groups, as we serve in our city we are building each day on the foundation of Jesus Christ and seeking to glorify his name. It is all there in our mission: we proclaim the good news about Jesus, we exalt his name above all others, and we serve the city around us for the sake of his glory. In the words of the old hymn, “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand.”