Scripture reading: 2 Corinthians 3:1–11
Key verses: James 1:6–7
Let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.
It was 1866 in England, and pastor Samuel J. Stone’s congregation was in an uproar. In fact, the entire Church of England was in a state of upheaval. A certain bishop had just written a book concerning the authenticity of the first five books of the Bible.
In his “intellectual” examination of these books, the bishop called their accuracy into question. Liberals in the church sided with this bishop, while the conservative group continued to assert the inerrancy of all Scripture. The debate raged. Samuel Stone was concerned for the health and stability of his congregation. Controversy was tearing them apart, and surely, severe consequences would follow.
To combat this growing division, Stone composed a series of hymns that focused on church unity. With stirring words he celebrated Christ’s eternal position as Head of the church in his most famous hymn, “The Church’s One Foundation.”
Seeing Christ as the Cornerstone of the body of believers puts peripheral church issues into perspective. You are not swayed by every wind of philosophy and every controversy because you measure them by the Lord (James 1:6–7). On the steadfast mountain of Christ and His Word, you stand prepared for every issue.
Father, help me build my life on the foundation of Your Word, prepared to face every issue on the basis of its life-changing truths.