This month at New Life Church we are beginning a new study in the book of Acts. Basically, Acts is about two people (Peter & Paul) and one event (the Church). Acts 2 is a famous chapter in the Bible because it tells the amazing story of the birth of the church. Acts 1 lays the foundation for the church before the church is begun.
I’m not a construction worker, but I’ve heard foundations are critical to a building. A foundation goes down so a tower can go up. When bold builders erect skyscrapers in Manhattan, they dig deep into the earth until they reach solid bedrock and anchor the building to the foundation of rock. The foundation must support the entire weight of the building. A structure is no better than its foundation. The leaning tower of Pisa is a classic illustration. A few years ago, a strong wind blew over a poorly built 13-story apartment building in China. It had a lousy foundation.
The church is not a physical building, but it’s like a building. The foundation is all important. If the foundation is weak, shallow or fake, the church will go nowhere. The Apostle Paul wrote that the church is “built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone” (Ephesians 2:20).
How is Jesus the cornerstone of the foundation of the church? Our text in the book of Acts offers four clues: 1) The resurrection. It’s plain and simple. Take away the resurrection of Jesus and the church collapses. 2) Holy Spirit power. Take away the Holy Spirit and the church withers on the spot. 3) The Great Commission. We have a divine assignment. In the end, the church doesn’t exist for us. We are really here for unbelievers. That’s why God left us on the earth. 4) The second coming of Jesus. This last one is the surprise kicker. God placed an endgame into the church’s foundation. There will come a day when our work is done. Why? Because Jesus is coming again. That is our “blessed hope” (Titus 2:13).