Weekend Message Takeaway: “Built to Last”

This past weekend, we concluded our series on the Sermon on the Mount with an in-depth look at Matthew 7:1–29. In this message, Pastor Doug explained how to build a rooted, blossoming, lasting life of faith.

Watch the video below to see a few highlights from the teaching and share it with your friends via social media. To watch the message in its entirety, click here.




For the Note Takers

Let’s recap some of the key talking points from Pastor Doug's teaching this weekend:

Evaluate How You Are Building Your Life (Matthew 6:24–27): You can only truly see the strength of one’s foundation when the storm comes. The Christian life isn’t just an emotional response or following a set of rules, it’s a complete commitment to a lifestyle. The early Church called Christianity the way. Why? Because it wasn’t just a belief, it was their way of life.

This last chapter of the Sermon on the Mount is all about the application of Jesus’ words into our way of life . . . it’s about building a life that will withstand the test of time and the storms of this world. But what if you haven’t built your life on the rock to this point? What if you’re on a shaky foundation? There is good news: If you built poorly, you can rebuild! With Christ as the foundation and the help of others, you can build a life that's meant to last.

Ruthlessly Eliminate Self-Righteousness from Your Life (Matthew 7:1–6): Self-righteousness is characterized by a certainty—especially an unfounded one—that you are totally correct or morally superior. Truth be told: You don’t have to be religious to be self-righteous . . . but religious self-righteousness is the worst kind. 

Have you ever been so convinced that you’re right? Oftentimes, this leads to a sense of superiority over those we deem wrong. It leads to a judgmental, unforgiving, prideful attitude.

This kind of life, though, is not on solid ground. It’s not one that can last. Why? Because being judgmental is exhausting and blinding. It’s a burden and a deceptive curse. It takes energy and robs us of joy and vitality. We are not meant to sit on the throne of judgment—that is reserved for God alone. So, if you want to thrive in this life, let God do the judging. 

Never Give Up on Your Pursuit of God (Matthew 7:7–12): Pursue God every day! Ask, seek, knock . . . these are continuous verbs. They're not a single instance or solitary moment; it's a way of life in which we're constantly seeking His will, loving without limitations, and exhibiting humility before God and others.

If You Love God, You Will Invest in Others (Matthew 7:12): You are deeply and wholly loved by a generous God. When you walk in His love, it frees you to live a generous life unto others. The Golden Rule is Jesus inviting us to love without limitations, to love others as He loves them and us. As a believer, one of the best ways you can you pour His love out into someone else is by investing in them through discipleship.

Look for Truth on the Narrow Road (Matthew 7:13–23): Most people won’t make it to heaven. This is a sad reality, but a true one as evidenced by Jesus’ statement about the wide and narrow roads. Thus, we can’t live like and act like the majority of people are living and acting. Instead, if you want live like no one else is living, you have to do what no one else is doing. You have to build your life on the foundation of Christ, not self.

Tell Yourself the Truth (Matthew 7:15–23): There is a huge difference between being judgmental and exercising judgment . . . one that every believer needs to learn well. Being judgmental is all about condemnation and self-righteousness. It sees the speck in the eye of another while ignoring the log in one’s own eye. It’s hateful, prideful, and damning. Exercising judgment is discerning God’s truth and will in a situation and then showing love, grace, and compassion. It’s not about doling out a sentence but about understanding the truth and coming alongside others so they can experience freedom and redemption.

Quote to Remember: Is your life built on a solid foundation? Has it survived the storm? If not, would you be willing to trust the wisdom of Jesus to rebuild it?—Pastor Doug Sauder

Begin Again: Spring Classes
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What if you could begin again in an area of your life that hasn’t exactly gone as you planned? This Wednesday, our spring classes will hit the ground running. Take a class that will empower you to begin again in one of the following key areas—spiritual growth, family and marriage, finances, or evangelism. Click here for more info.

Beach Baptism
Saturday, April 14 | Times & Locations Vary
If you’ve recently made a decision to follow Jesus, getting baptized is the next step in your journey. Join us next Saturday for our baptism on the beach! Bring your Bible, a towel, and money for parking! For locations and times, click here.

"Context Is Key: Judge Not . . ."
"This verse is quoted by both Christians and non-Christians and is often used—or misused—like a courtroom gavel to bring about an immediate stop to any discussion about another person’s behavior."

In this week's article, we'll debunk the misinterpretations and discover what Jesus meant when He instructed us to refrain from judgment. Click here to read the article.

A Look Ahead
In addition to the various classes that will be launching this Wednesday, instead of the usual midweek teaching series experience, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in a discipleship class series in the sanctuary. In week one, we’ll cover the essential doctrines of the Christian faith. Come find out what we believe and why we believe it.

This weekend, we’ll be starting a new series on heaven! If you’ve ever wondered what heaven will be like, have any questions about where we go when we die, or you’re looking for a richer understanding of who God is, this series is for you! In this four-week study, we’ll explore what the Bible says about heaven and discover how it can change how you live today. We’ll also dispel misconceptions and recapture this beautiful, expectant hope for our future.


About the Author

Danny Saavedra

Danny Saavedra is a licensed minister who has served on staff at Calvary since 2012, managing the Calvary Devotional and digital discipleship resources. He has a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling and Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry from Liberty Theological Seminary. His wife Stephanie, son Jude, and daughter Zoe share a love of Star Wars, good food, having friends over for dinner, and studying the Word together as a family.