Without so much as a head’s up we hear that “when Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were astounded at his teachings . Now that the audience has grown from a few dozen into the hundreds, we find Jesus closing out his sermon with a parable about two kinds of builders: wise ones and foolish ones.
At least from the way Matthew seems to tell it, you’d assume that just Jesus and the disciples have gathered on that mountain.
But as we come to the end of Jesus’ sermon, the group dynamics have changed. How did this small group bible study or ministry staff meeting become a convention?
As I reflected on these words after I returned home from yesterday’s Elders Meeting, where Alex led the Elders in a team building exercise to help us reflect on our call to be a missional church, my thoughts went immediately to the scripture that Alex asked us to reflect on from the Letter of James.
In this letter we find the words: “But be doers of the word, and not merely hearers who deceive themselves” (James ff).
When the quake hit, it essentially liquefied the soil, and that seemingly well-built stone building collapsed.