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Summary: A sermon on what the Lord will do with a church that He is the Lord of.

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1 Peter 2:1-12

SELECTED READING 1 PETER 1:13-16

INTRO-

LAST WEEK WE LOOKED AT PENTECOST- THE HOLY SPIRIT COMING AND FILLING BELIEVERS. WE SAW HOW MUCH ALL OF US NEED TO BE FILLED AND REFILLED. HOW MUCH WE NEED MORE OF THE LORD IN OUR LIVES.

I AM GOING TO CONTINUE THAT TRAIN OF THOUGHT AS IT APPLY’S TO THE CHURCH. PETER, AFTER HE SPENT TIME WITH THE LORD WENT OUT INTO A HEATHEN CITY AND REACHED 3000 FOR CHRIST. THE WOW FACTOR FOR HIM IS THAT HE DID WHAT GOD CALLED HIM TO DO AND MANY PEOPLE WERE SAVED. WE NEED TO PREPARE OUR MINDS, BE SELF-CONTROLLED, SHOW PEOPLE THE HOPE WE HAVE IN JESUS. FOR THE MOST PART, THAT IS NOT THE CHURCH TODAY- THE CHURCH TODAY HAS A DIVORCE RATE AS HIGH OR HIGHER THAN THE WORLD. WE ARE NOT ABSTAINING FROM THE WORLDLY PLEASURES, WE HAVE BEEN FOUND OUT TO BE OF LITTLE DIFFERENCE ACCORDING TO THE BARNA GROUP THAN ANYONE ELSE. PETER SAYS; V 5- “BUT JUST AS HE WHO CALLED YOU IS HOLY, SO BE HOLY IN ALL YOU DO; FOR IT IS WRITTEN: BE HOLY, BECAUSE I AM HOLY. IF YOU BELIEVE THAT JESUS CHRIST IS COMING BACK, THAT HE DIED AND WAS RESURRECTED FOR EACH ONE OF US, AND IS LOOKING TO COME FOR HIS CHURCH WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE. WE NEED TO BE READY AND PREPARING OUR MINDS AND BE SELF-CONTROLLED, SETTING OUR HOPE SQUARELY ON JESUS CHRIST. THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT EVEN THE ANGELS LONG TO LOOK INTO THESE THINGS OF GOD. THEY ARE AMAZED IN WHAT GOD IS DOING IN HIS PEOPLE.

1 PETER 2:1-12 READ

THEREFORE, WHAT IS IT THERE FORE? IT IS THE THINGS WE JUST LOOKED AT, IF WE ARE TO LIVE THAT HOLY LIFE, WE MUST GET RID OF A FEW THINGS.

JESUS IS COMING BACK FOR A CHURCH THAT IS SERVING HIM.

WE CAN ONLY BRING OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY WHAT GOD HAS FIRST WORKED IN US. JESUS MUST BECOME A REALITY IN HIS BODY BEFORE HIS BODY CAN TAKE THAT REALITY TO THE CITY HE CALLED US TO. THE CHURCH IS TO BECOME LIVING STONES, THE CHOSEN PEOPLE OF GOD. TO CARRY THE MESSAGE OF GOD TO THE LOST.

I. THE NATURE AND FUNCTION OF THE CHURCH

V4- PARAPHRASED

COME TO HIM(JESUS) THE LIVING STONE, REJECTED BY MEN BUT CHOSEN BY GOD THE FATHER. WE ARE TO BE THE LIVING STONES, BUILT IN TO A SPIRITUAL HOUSE(CHURCH) TO BECOME A HOLY PRIESTHOOD TO OFFER SPIRITUAL SACRIFICE.

TO SOME THAT IS A STUMBLING BLOCK, JESUS IS A STUMBLING BLOCK TO SOME. THEY CAN DO CHURCH, BUT THEY CANNOT GET PAST THIS JESUS., WHO TELLS THEM TO LIVE HOLY AND PLEASING LIVES TO GOD. ONE WHO SAYS NO TO THE FLESHLY DESIRES WE HAVE. AGAIN “ IT IS AMAZING HOW MUCH AMERICAN CHURCHES HAVE DONE WITHOUT GOD.”

NOT TO TAKE THIS OUT OF CONTEXT;

THE SURE AND PRECIOUS STONE IS GOD’S UNFAILING RELATIONSHIP TO HIS PEOPLE (ISRAEL) A RELATIONSHIP WHICH WAS TO CULMINATE IN THE COMING OF THE MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST. WE ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT! JESUS HAS ALREADY COME, AND THE EARLY CHURCH HAS APPLIED IT TO JESUS CHRIST AS THE PRECIOUS AND IMMOVABLE FOUNDATION STONE OF GOD.

TO THOSE THAT ACCEPT HIM- JESUS IS SAVIOR AND FRIEND. TO THOSE WHO REJECT HIM, HE IS JUDGEMENT AND CONDEMNATION.

JESUS SAYS TO PETER- UPON THIS ROCK I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH, AND THE GATES OF HELL WILL NOT OVERCOME IT. IT IS ON THE FOUNDATION OF JESUS CHRIST THAT THE CHURCH IS BUILT.


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