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I want to end our time together looking at a passage that bring about egernsey in the world.....becasue now is not the time for us to be sittign back sidelined but....to leave nothing back
Introduction: So we have seen how at the foundation of being one heart and mind we need to be so in love with Jesus…..seeking him, then we looked at a new commandment that Jesus gave to love one another….and some take away of how to build good community…..tonight I want to look at another amazing passage that focuses on the community of faith….and hear is the big idea:
Lets Pray
Lets Pray
To have an unshakable faith we need unshakable community…which is built on the cornerstone!
Read: 1 perter 2:4-10
Before we got much further I want to give you some context into this scripture into the books of James because its important…..
Pray:
So first lets look at WHO wrote this book???? James
.what happened to James??
Hook: Story of Gavin and Owen and how they will not want to go into the dark without me….they grow so much confidence with me..……..crazy how babies absolute need touch isolation will kill and baby……and there need for just being held………and simple nature…..that single gizzalle is going down……
Nature itself is screaming out how important community is!
WHO is he writing to though??
James is writing to these Jewish Christians that are in persecution
and just simple hardships… Jerusalem, So James is writing to Christians….who are in a rough spot, they also had been so beat up by persecution that there walk was in a mess……..
So what is this book about……You can’t just be a hear of the word you have to be a doer of the word…..
How important is community to God?
You can’t just say you believe in Jesus and just sit there….NO NO James would call you a liar….HE says If you have true faith it will work its way out in Works….!!! See
There are 108 verse in James and 54 are imperatives….
there are 108 verse in James and 54 are imperatives….
simple telling you what to do, practical suggestion, one author says “ This letter could be considered a how to book on Christian living.”
See James not big on suggestion but simple telling you how it is…..He doesn’t really care about your amen but about your life. He want your talk to match your walk!!! He is concerned that there is just to much milk toast Christianity going on……..He is concerned that the church today has become a plan pin for babies instead of a work place for adults….
- ..for those that aren’t hard core bible reading dudes, your wondering who in the world is he talking too?
See James is un loading on you verse to verse……and See he is not like Paul who would start by saying greeting, peace to you joy to you,,,love and faith….Paul speaks into you…..James just comes out and says….hello….im James….Jesus is Lord….Lets get busy!!! James wants action Christian not Lazy boy Christianity…….
-God is referencing himself, we serve a God who is one God but three persons!
And with that lets get busy with chapter 4..…what is the point that I am going to argue from these verses
-God is a community in himself
going back to 1:26…..we are made in the image of God…..we are community beans……you where intended for community!……Look at Adam…….it wasn’t good that he wasn’t alone!!!!…….
The person who seek isolation fights against God and what he/she was created for.
James is saying that Christians are not to plan their lives independently of God…..
What are we represented as in 1 peter 2:4-10?
…….James had just got done explaining to these Christians early in chapter 4 that there have been worldly things that have crept in their lives……. and have made them worldly (covetness, speaking falsely agains one another)…Doing things and living life without having God as the focus……….
I love how James starts this………. “come now”………..See these christians were looking around at each other and were like…..James James, come on man, I'm not worldly…..I don’t live that sinful of a life come now man…….James ok…”come now” ….Get real man….Look at how you talk and ill show you that your worldly…..……James goes on and says you say……., “today or tomorrow we will go into such a such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit.”
1. Living Stones…
So whats the problem here…..? What the big deal with these business men……and its not just business or merchants…..He address them very broadly that this could really included anyone…whats the bid deal though? …….. wanting to make a plan about tomorrow….They want to make profit….they want to plan….Rem whats so wrong with planning……First let me address what James is not saying?
Building material…..how really cool….I couldn’t be like eagle of something…..
James is not saying that……we shouldn’t make a plan
, all the wild and heart…free spritit people just went, awwww………. planing is bad within itself, No…he is not saying that in fact the reason you are here is because you made a plan…you executed it and you made it…some later than others…but great job you made it!!!
Not just living stone…..singular…but we referred to Stones…..we where meant to be built together!!!!………
In fact the argument could be made with scripture that the very opposite is true that not planning is a sin and wrong…for Example and the servant who didn’t plan and make wise use of the talent’s that he was given….
Chosen…
2. Chosen…
Even in creation we see that God is a God of planning with the book of Genesis and how the whole world was made in a detailed plan…….…so what is wrong with these business men who are planing……
3. holy natio a royal priesthood
What is terrible wrong with there planning is there planning in such a way that boasts in the world and leaves out the spiritual…..
I am taking a class right now in seminary, called missional formations….and this book we are reading right now is surveying the question what is mission? And it’s making the argument that a lot of us have this misunderstanding of mission….where it’s just the new testament and mission started with the great commission.
These believers are planing in a way that is praising them and and leaving God out
hey have gotten so focused on their self’s and how they are going to make a profit, where they are going to go, when they are going to do……while the whole time time NOT even giving Any attention to God…….These business men lacked humility…..I like how one author states it, “So what James is saying is, don’t live your life like an atheist while attending church, and that’s what they’re doing. Their language and their goal setting and their planning is exactly the same as the atheists. God doesn’t factor into it at all, just predict the future, best estimation, organizational alignment, goal setting, and march forward…………”
If you jump down to verse 16….James says…This boasting is evil and arrogant…….so it’s not making a plan that was evil it’s planing your business, family, hobbies etc, and not inviting God to the planning session…..
But thats wrong mission started in the Old Testament…and there where several chapters on…..what was then purpose of Abraham….that through the nation…the nation of Israel they were to be this blessing to all nations……and in Christ we inherit Abrahms’s blessing…and mission that is to be a blessing to the nations….we are the God’s blessing to the nations….thats great but what does that have to do with a
So James now is going to give us three huge
holy nations and royal priesthood….? being holy and walking in the ways of the Lord is what attracted people to this nations???
principles to keep in mind now as we face the future and we think about time and our life and how we plan it…..
1. Tomorrow is a mystery
Are you playing with sin like its know big deal?
4. God’s Possession
sin as manure in the living room…because not only is it destroying your life….but it’s destroying your witness and God’s glory…
What is Jesus represented as in 1 peter 2:4-10?
Verse 14…..yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring?……James is like hold up…do you know whats going to happen tomorrow, seriously…..Like your God and you know…..No you don’t……you have like 15 weather apps on your phone and you still can’t predict the weather….they are always so different…..you don’t know if there will be traffic before work….you don’t know….you don’t know if a disease or death is at your door tomorrow, you don’t know what tomorrow will bring….so tomorrow is a mystery..…
In my prep for this sermon I was listening to Levi Lusko who pastors fresh life out in Montana…..and he said in is sermon and quote on this point, “Those that are watching the podcast now in the future your dealing with things that we couldn’t anticipate, and we had no idea were coming done the pike.” What is crazy about that is if you follow Levi Lusko and his story you know just a couple of years later he lost his 5 years old to a freak asthma attack……..He had no clue….we just don’t what tomorrow will bring….wow Rem real encouraging on mothers day…trust me we will end on the good practical stuff of what this means for us…..but lets keep going…..
A living stone but also the main Cornerstone!!!
who is chosen by God….and is holy and precious!!!
What is a cornerstone…….The unshakable foundation…….
then he says and I wan’t to camp out on this phrase and this verse…….
2. Life is a mist
What is our main Goal as living Stones?
-allow our lives to be built on the Cornerstone…….how well are our lives being built on Jesus?
What is your life? What a question…..more philosophy has been done on that one question than any other…and how they go about answering that Question…What’s your life like…..James is like….your life is a mist…..James is like ok…. you want me to show you what your life is like….here it is…ready poof…………wait get ready here it is……poof……
So as you guys know me and Laura got married when we where like 12….no but so we got married young and we have gotten married young…..so that meant we had Gavin super young….we where both 21 when we had Gav…..We had no clue what we were doing its great….its acutely kinda funny because I remember when we had Gav I was like super panicky kinda guys like waking up every three seconds to see if there breathing…and then with the third you see that time in the hospital like a vacation…right..o she is sleeping awesome lets sleep instead of standing over her like a bunch of creepers……..but do you want to know what the number one phrase that I heard …..seriously…. “It goes by fast” Now at the time I was like ya whatever because those nights seemed super long to me…brutal….But I feel like I am really beginning to understand more now what they were taking about…….its crazy….we just had Ellie………..
See what is the point of man??? Reflect the image of the creator…to Glory God…you can glory God yes in His Son Jesus…prersonal relationship…but…..you can’t ultimately give God all the glory he is do alone………!!! you can’t do that with one single stone!!!……..
Then James says verse 15, Instead you out to say
Our main goal in community is constantly pointing each other toward Jesus….
3. If the Lord wills
how well do you help people to Jesus because without him their is no foundation, and you will tumble.
Now its kinda funny growing up you see the dorky stuff Christians can do sometimes….and if you do this it’s not wrong and acuity is a good thing to do but this is not what James is manly saying here……This is not, walking around and putting this tag line on the back end of everything…..will you pass the salad…lord willing….lets go get a coke, Lord willing……you know you have friends like that…its like wow come on man…who………
Now its kinda funny growing up you see the dorky stuff Christians can do sometimes….and if you do this it’s not wrong and acuity is a good thing to do but this is not what James is manly saying here……This is not, walking around and putting this tag line on the back end of everything…..will you pass the salad…lord willing….lets go get a coke, Lord willing……you know you have friends like that…its like wow come on man…who………
Now we could spend a ton of time on this verse but I want to focus on the last verse as we close our time together….but basically this means….God is sovereign over your life….look at the verse two things James points out in this verse…..…..
Ways we don’t point people to Jesus the cornerstone.
If the Lord will we will live
1. Sharing safe sin
…which lead to no growth…..
2. Using your words to tear down
Proverbs 18:21 ESV
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
3. Divison
——don’t think your gifts are suppiour to each other…..
If the Lord will we will do this or that…..meaning the activities and accomplishments are in the Lords hands…
Ways we can reflect the heart of Jesus in our community
1. lift each others hands! -
“And to say, “If the Lord wills,” it is saying, “I have sought the Lord and wise counsel, and I’ve prayed and planned. And I believe to the best of my understanding what I’m planning on doing is right in the sight of the Lord and what the Lord has for me to do, but I could be wrong. “Therefore, the Lord is welcome to change my plans because his will overrides my will, and I trust that his will is glorious for him and good for me.”
lift each others hands! -
—-presences …
2. Fan each others gifts into flame.
1 timothy -words of encouragement
3. Don’t give up meeting together….
….-acts 4 -I care more about your community outside of here……praying together on your campus, Quick to forgive each other-Matthew 6:14
verse 17—————
We need other stones to point to the chief cornerstone….who is the unshakable! I wouldn’t ever leave my children in a dark situation…..so lets walk with each other…in the dark……building ourselves on the cornerstone!
James ends with urgency I believe…….he explained really the sin of omission and sin commission…sin commission stuff every would should’t do, murder, steal, lie, etc. sin of omission are things that are good thing God has asked you to do and have failed to do……….
so lets some this up……we should’t be boasting about tomorrow and making plans outside of God because we don’t know what tomorrow its a mist…… But should be seeking every day the good and rich thing to do that God is telling us to do…banking that God has everything in his hands and he is the one in control and sovereign….…..
so what are some practical take aways for us
how should this change our lives.
-Count the days
….psalm 90…..beeds……because when we start counting the days we see what most important…. chick flick…take things off the plate….because here is the deal,
God isn’t looking for all the super gifted people he is looking for people that are available
- Live with the end in mind…….
.Rope illustration….
-Don’t think either you have to do crazy elaborate stuff…looks at Jesus life……he was glorify God just as much as he was a carpenter as healing people…..
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