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Summary: This is thefirst sermon in the Nu Generation Paradigm Series. Central Theme: An intimate and personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the cornerstone and foundation of the Nu Generation church. This produces radical behavior that builds the Body o

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The Nu-Generation Revolution

Central Scripture:

1 Peter 2:1-10

4 As you come to him, the living Stone-- rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him--

5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

6 For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame."

7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone,"

8 and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message-- which is also what they were destined for.

9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

(NIV)

The Message

Eugene Peterson

I Peter 2: 1-10

So Clean House! Make a clean sweep of malice and pretense, envy and harmful talk. You’ve had a taste of God. Now, like infants at the breast, drink deep of God’s pure kindness. Then you’ll grow up mature and whole in God.

Welcome to the Living Stone, the Source of life. The workman took one look and threw it out; God set it in a place of honor. Present yourselves as building stones for construction of a sanctuary vibrant with life, in which you’ll serve as holy priests offering Christ approved lives up to God. The Scriptures provide precedent:

“Look! I’m setting a stone in Zion, a cornerstone in the place of honor.

Whoever trusts in this stone as a foundation will never have cause to regret it.”

TO you who trust him, he’s a Stone to be proud of, but to those who refuse to trust him,

“The stone the workman threw out is now the chief foundation stone.”

For the untrusting it’s

“….a stone to trip over

a boulder blocking the way.”

They trip and fall because they refuse to obey, just as predicted.

But you are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night and day difference he made for you – from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted.

Central Theme: An intimate and personal relationship with Jesus Christ is the cornerstone and foundation of the Nu Generation church. This produces radical behavior that builds the Body of Christ through agape love. This is the beginning of the revolution

Believers’ response: Choose join the revolution here at the Rock

Seeker response: Choose to give their life to Christ

There is a revolution about to take place and you are at ground zero whether you

Like it

Understand it

Comprehend it

Or are ready for it

There is a change coming

Have you been paying attention? Do you recognize the signs? Don’t let this revolution pass you by.


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