Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
April 26, 2015 at 10:45 AM
The Wise Builder
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday April 26, 2015
The Wise Builder
“ ... I will liken him to a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:... ( Matt. 7:24 ).
Life is a process that includes many different activities. Included 
in the activities are working to survive, forming relationships with 
people, planning for retirement, and maintaining a faithful commitment 
to Jesus as Lord and Savior. 
All of these - and many other activities, require an ongoing effort to 
bring them into existence and to maintain their upkeep. Invariably, the
life activities involve a building process that requires work. Thus, each 
person - during the short duration of life - does some building. It is an
unfortunate fact, however, that not all builders exercise wise judgment
in their building endeavors. Hence, numerous loss often occur, some of 
which are: resources, duration of the building, and even its safety. Therefore, 
to advert disastrous outcomes, the builder should exercise sound judgment 
during the planning stage. 
This need for wisdom in building is not confined to physical buildings; 
rather, it applies to all areas of human action. Our sermon, in this 
connection, will address the topic of building; it has been entitled, “The 
Wise Builder”. The sermon is undergirded by the proposition that we are 
all builders. From that proposition, the following three topics will be 
analyzes; namely: 1. the types of builders, 2. some building projects, and 
3. the final building inspection. 

The New Testament section of our Bible contains several instances 
where parables were used to illustrate principles for Christian living. 
In his ministry, Jesus frequently used parables to illustrate spiritual 
percepts and realities. One of his parables, the two builders, will anchor 
our sermon. 
Prior to addressing the three aspects of the sermon, brief attention 
will be focused on the practical knowledge that Jesus possessed on the 
process of building. Our Bible tells us that Jesus, during his young years, 
worked as a carpenter’s helper for Joseph, his foster father. In that capacity, 
Jesus noticed his father’s concern with establishing a solid foundation before 
proceeding to build a house. Recalling those earlier experiences, Jesus could 
so easily paint a picture of builders. I can easily identify with this parable 
because my summer adolescent years were spent working with my father 
who was a carpenter. Friends, that was long before the advent of construction 
machinery of today; it was a time of manual labor, a time of the pick, the 
shovel, and the ax. The labor was exhaustive and the progress slow, but 
we eventually reached the point where concrete was poured for the solid 
foundation. Beloved, those houses were built during the late 40's and the 
continue to stand notwithstanding the signs of increasing aged related 
Against this background on the significance of solid foundation, let 
us now turn to the earlier specified topics on housing - the first of which 
is the types of builders. According to the parable of Jesus, there are two 
distinct types of builders; they are the wise and the foolish. ( ). 
As described by Jesus, the wise builder was patient, steadfast, and 
conscientious about his work. He did not mind consuming long hours 
in preparing the foundation; instead, he was concerned about durability. 
When the ultimate tests came, the wise builder’s house withstood the 
pressures that threatened it. Listed at what Jesus said of that house - 
“And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and 
beat upon that house; and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock”. 
The Foolish builder, in contrast, was in a hurry so he quickly 
built the house without a solid foundation. Certainly, he spent less time 
than the wise builder, but his house failed to withstand the pressures of 
nature; he was in great trouble; his house was not a solid foundation and 
it fell underneath the water and wind. 
Having talked about the types of builders, let us now take at look at 
some types of buildings we are prone to construct. Our sermon will be
confined to some none physical types of buildings. It will highlight those 
building types that apply to all of us. For ease of remembering, a decision 
was made to use three types - all of which begin with the letter “C”. The 
first is that of our character. This word denotes our true self, our morality, 
our honesty, our kindness, and our general outlook on life. To build a good 
character, one must spent much time in training. It takes but a short while 
for a person to make a fool of himself, however, time, work, prayer, practice, 
and determination - all are required to build a good Character. Although 
the effort may seem long and the goal illusive - the ultimate outcome is 
positive because it is built upon a solid foundation. 
The Holy Bible has much to say about the process of building a good 
character; two of the more frequently cited references are: as a person thinks 
in his heart - so is he and the next one is - a person should not think too 
highly of himself. 
The second “C” that needs a solid foundation is that of a Career. This 
word denotes a job that one plans to follow in pursuit of a livelihood. Plans 
for a career should never be delayed until adulthood. One should, rather, 
begin to think about a possible occupation during the early years of life. 
In such deliberation, the person must recognize that time, patience, and 
preparation are required to successful enter and maintain a legitimate 
career. In contrast, the pathway of “drugs, prostitution, and gambling are 
all built on sinking sand. 
The third “C” upon which a solid foundation is needed is that of 
Christian principles. The Bible has much to say about the role of early
childhood training in building Christian principles. The Old Testament, for 
example, teaches - train up the child in the way he should go and when he 
is old he will not depart from it. In addition to good home training, every 
devoted Christian person is always prayerful about the maintenance and 
progress of his/her Christian life. Thus, such a person is willing to dig deeply 
though prayer in search for a solid foundation upon which to a devoted 
spiritual life. 
Having built these three behavior structures: character, career, and 
Christian principles, the final consideration now surfaces - how will the 
building measure up during the final inspection? Just as building 
inspectors check out a structure before it can be occupied, so do many 
social inspectors examine our life: grades, work record, legal standing, and 
general reputation. While these inspections tend to cause great alarm, there 
is an even greater one - it is the one scheduled to come at the end of life. 
One hymn writer has penned the words, “That awful day will surely come, 
the appointed hour make haste when I must stand before my judge and
past that solemn test. Amen.
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