What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation. Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.
Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“Let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead–by this name this man stands here before you in good health. He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner-stone And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” – Acts 4:10-12
In ancient architectural projects, the cornerstone was the principle structure set into place. It was usually the largest stone, the most solid, and the most carefully constructed. Here in Acts, we are reminded that Christ is to be our cornerstone; He is to be the one thing upon which we build our lives.
Christianity hinges on who Christ is. Our faith is built upon the fact that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, He came to earth to die for our sins, He rose again on the third day, and He will return again soon. The very foundations of our faith are centered on Christ.
We ought to be good people; we ought to love one another; we ought to care for others and for the world in which we live. However, unless our foundation is upon Christ, all we do is for selfish desire. If God does not exist and Christ is not who He says He is, life itself is ultimately meaningless.
Just as a good contractor would want a solid physical foundation, so we should desire a solid spiritual foundation. Our lives need to be built on firm ground, which will support the rest of our beliefs and world views. Without Christ, we build our lives on ‘sand’; shifting ideals which hold no ground.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”
Make this Christmas season a precious time to study the magnificent churches which have been built to honor the Lord and offer praise to His name. The details put into each architectural endeavor is truly remarkable. For added fun, encourage your children to consider the foundation of each structure, reinforcing these verses as you enjoy the beauty before you.
For hands-on application, dig out those popsicle sticks and build a miniature church of your own! Decide where your cornerstone should be placed and begin to construct your own chapel dedicated to the Lord. For inspiration and ideas, visit these awesome websites:
“Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, A costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed.” – Isaiah 28:16