Foundation #1: Jesus Christ the Foundation Going deep in experiential revelation of Jesus the Christ and His filing of our lives, the earth, and the universe.
1 Corinthians 3:9-11 (NIV) 9 For we are co-workers in God’s service; you are God’s field, God’s building. 10 By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
The central theme of the Old Testament is: Jesus! John 5:39 (NIV) 39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me,
The central theme of John the Baptist is: Jesus! Mark 1:7-8 7 And this was his message: “After me comes the one more powerful than I, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I baptize you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
The Central theme of Jesus is: Jesus!
Gospel of John
I am the way, truth, life, light, bread, shepherd, resurrection, etc.
The central theme of Paul is: Jesus! Colossians 1:28 28 He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ.
The central theme of prophecy is: Jesus! Revelation 19:10b 10 …For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.”
The central theme of the end times is: Jesus!
Matthew 24 and the book of Revelation
Jesus will return as conquering King and rightful heir of the nations.
The central theme of the church should be: Jesus! Matthew 16:13-19 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” 14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” 16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” 17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
And the central theme of our lives should be: Jesus! Philippians 1:21 21 For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.
Progression of the Jesus Revelation in Time
The Word of God - John 1:1
The Word become flesh - John 1:14
Jesus of Nazareth - John 18:5
Jesus the Christ - Luke 4
Lamb of God slain - Matthew 27
Resurrected Christ Matthew 28
Ascended Christ with all authority in heaven and earth - Acts 1
Outpourer of the Holy Spirit - Acts 2
Conquering King - Revelation
Eternal Bridegroom - Revelation
Jesus is to Fill All Colossians 3:11 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Ephesians 1:22-23 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
Ephesians 4:10 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)
1 Corinthians1:9 9 God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
* Fellowship here is the word koinonia - "close intimate sharing relationship".
It is the will of the Father and the mission of the Holy Spirit that Jesus be the foundation , filler, and fellowshipof our lives.