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Summary: A look at Peter’s doctrinal exposition on the person and the work of Christ in the life of a believer.

Introduction: My visit to the Rock (Alcatraz)contra THE ROCK CHRIST JESUS.

READ SCRIPTURE/PRAY

I. Build your faith upon the cornerstone of the Church – The Lord Jesus Christ (v. 4, 6)

A. It’s a supernatural stone

1. It’s not about buildings for God

B. It’s a select stone (v. 4)

1. Stone is not Peter

C. It’s a slighted stone (v. 4, 7)

1. James illustration

2. Christians haven’t done Him much good

D. It’s a stumbling stone (v. 8)

1. Hermit illustration

2. Too good to be true?

E. It’s a strategic stone (v. 6)

1. All of Scripture has been about Him

2. OT re: rock (trace symbolism)

F. It’s a solid stone (v. 6)

1. World Trade Center building story

TRANSITION: Jesus is a… not only but…we are blocks

II. Build Yourselves up together as a spiritual house –Living stones (v. 5)

A. We are built together

1. No one more important than the other

2. No Lone Ranger Christians

B. We are bound together

1. Like a family we must come together

2. Love one another

C. We are blessed together

1. Like an army, like a body, like a team we celebrate or console as one.

TRANSITION: Since Jesus is… and we are… then we should…

III. Behave like the stones that you are (v. 9)

A. Our privilege as a Priest

1. We’ve been chosen

2. When OT priests found themselves in the Holy of Holies

3. When Isaiah found himself before the throne of God

B. Our Practice as a priest

1. Proclaim His excellencies

2. Honor Him

C. Our profession as a priests

1. What do you mean we’re all priests; I thought that’s what we paid you for pastor?

Conclusion: With Christ as our foundation, working together as His spiritual house we can make a difference in this church, neighborhood, city, county, state, nation, world.

ILLUSTRATIONS:

James Illustration:

Years ago Harvard University was erecting Emerson Hall, the new home for the philosophy department. President Charles Eliot invited psychologist and philosopher William James to suggest a suitable inscription for the stone lintel over the doors. After some reflection, James sent Eliot a line from the Greek philosopher Protagoras: "Man is the measure of all things." James never heard back from Eliot. His curiosity was piqued when he spotted artisans working on a scaffold hidden by a canvas. One morning, the scaffold and canvas were gone. The inscription over the door? "What is man that thou art mindful of him?" Eliot had replaced James’s suggestion with words from Psalm 8 (quickview) . Between these two lines lies the great distance between the God-centered and the human-centered points of view.

Hermit Illustration

A hermit was guided by an angel into a wood, where he saw an old man cutting down boughs to make up a bundle. When it was large, he tied it up, and attempted to lift it on his shoulder, and carry it away; but, finding it very heavy, he laid it down again, cut more wood, and heaped it on; and then tried again to carry it off. This he repeated several times; always adding something to the load, after trying in vain to raise it from the ground. In the meantime, the hermit, astonished at the old man’s folly, desired the angel to explain what this meant.


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