A better question with which to start would be “What is A foundry?” Simply put, a foundry is a workshop or factory for melting, casting, and forging metal. It is a process in which metal is melted in liquid, refined of any impurities, then poured into a mold where it cools and takes its shape. It is often then pounded out and shaped even further in more of a blacksmithing process.
When we begin to think about those images, we can immediately see some spiritual parallels. Our God is called a consuming fire, and we are told that He shapes and molds His people, making them into what He wants them to be.
Over a year ago, I started a Bible study with some of the men of our church and I called it “The Foundry.” Three verses of Scripture had really captured my attention: Psalm 12:6, Isaiah 48:9-11, and Proverbs 27:17.
The Foundry’s Biblical Foundation
Psalm 12:6 says, “The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times.” God’s Word is what molds and shapes us, but it is imperative that we understand that it is pure, perfectly pure itself. The source of our refining is the inspired, inerrant, infallible revelation of God. The impurities and deformities lie within us and must be eradicated with the heat and pressure of Holy Scripture.
The prophet Isaiah, speaking for the Lord, told the people of Israel: “For my name's sake I defer my anger, for the sake of my praise I restrain it for you, that I may not cut you off. Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tried you in the furnace of affliction. For my own sake, for my own sake, I do it, for how should my name be profaned? My glory I will not give to another.” (Isaiah 48:9-11) Although the context is dealing with Old Testament Israel, this passage indicates it is God who tests and refines His people and yet does it for His own glory.
Finally, in perhaps the most well known of the three texts, the writer of Proverbs reminds us that “Iron sharpens iron; one man sharpens another.” (Prov. 27:17) So as we are refined and shaped by God’s Word, for His glory, we are also called to help sharpen and shape one another. God places us in community with one another so that we may help each other become more Christ-like disciples.
The Foundry Blog
In keeping with the spirit of our men’s Bible study, I decided to launch a new website and blog where I hope to write on a whole range of biblical, theological, and cultural topics. I’ll share good resources, link sermons, and occasionally post videos or interviews. My primary aim is for this to benefit the people I am called to shepherd, and then as the Lord wills, be a blessing to other believers and perhaps even those outside the church. I have blogged in the past, but prayerfully and cautiously desire for “The Foundry” to be a more intentional, consistent, and fruitful effort. I want the entire website to be a place where people can find biblical truth and be encouraged, convicted, challenged, and strengthened by it. I want people to see the God of the Bible in all His glory, and be radically transformed and conformed into His image.
So with that was a way of introduction…Welcome to “The Foundry!”