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"By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as an expert builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should be careful how he builds. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ."--1 Corinthians 3:10-11
Recently I had to install something called a French drain across the front of my house. As I dug down along the concrete slab the house is built on, I was amazed at how far the foundation went into the ground. I never did find the bottom of the slab but I sure felt better about my house knowing it sits on a good and solid foundation.
A house is only as good as its foundation.
Take the most solid looking house you can find. If its foundation is poorly constructed, there will come a point in the future where it begins to show the results of its weak base. There is, of course, a ton of spiritual parallel here. Most of us who minister to teenagers are still adding to the foundation of their faith. This looks a little different depending on the level of spiritual input their parents have been responsible for. But in some way, we're helping them build a level of their base. Paul was convinced he had laid the proper foundation. That foundation? Faith in Jesus Christ, of course. Paul cautioned that we should properly build on that foundation. There was never a thought that the work would end once the foundation was complete.
What are you putting on the "concrete slab" of your student's faith? Is it popular topics or good theology? Is it your words or God's Word? Do you have some students who are ready to start building? What are you doing to help stretch the faith of these students?
Our prayer for you: Our prayer is that you would be an expert builder, knowing exactly what your students need, and only giving them the Truth of God and His ways.
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