For the apostle Paul, there is nothing more fundamental to the faith that Jesus and his death. He wrote, "For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified" (1 Corinthians 2:2). Jesus and his crucifixion are the foundation of the church (1 Corinthians 3:10-17).
Curious about Paul's analogy, I asked Gary Brown, the architect who designed Central's additions and renovations in the 1990's and 2000's, about the purpose of foundations.
He responded, "The foundation's primary purpose is to keep the building from moving (sinking, sliding, moving unevenly). In severe seismic zones, buildings are designed to move some with the earthquake, but the foundations cannot move or the building would come apart."
Gary's description helps illuminate Paul's analogy of Jesus as the foundation and the church as the building atop.
The church is not immovable, as in keeps the same understandings and habits of the 2nd Century. But, the church does not move off our substructure, that which holds us together: Jesus Christ. As New Testament scholar Richard Hays putsit, "The building atop the foundation must conform to the pattern of the foundation" (Interpretation: First Corinthians, page 54).
With Jesus as our foundation, we can conform to his teachings and ministry and live them in our age in ways that allow us to not come apart with the winds of change.
Join us Sunday as we praise our sturdy foundation and conform our lives to his.