The Ultimate Use of Living Stones Living
Introduction: January 2006 poll by George Barna 1 out of 2 evangelicals placed their faith as the number one priority in their lives, only 15% or 1 out of 7 adults place God at the top of the list.
We have a calling from God, that of a priest, one that comes with the acceptance of the salvation that Christ’s work on the cross provides
Text: 1 Peter 2: 4-6
I. We are being built into a spiritual house
19 So then you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with the saints, and members of God’s household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the cornerstone. 21 The whole building is being fitted together in Him and is growing into a holy sanctuary in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together for God’s dwelling in the Spirit.
Ill: Antioch and its reputation in the community
App: The church should be a picture of unity and ministry to the community around them
Looking forward to something better and working for that end
II. We are to serve as priests
1 Pe 2:9-10HCSB
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people for His possession,
so that you may proclaim the praises
of the One who called you out of darkness
into His marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people,
but now you are God’s people;
you had not received mercy,
but now you have received mercy.
Latin for Priest is Pontifex which means bridge builder
1. We are to lift represent others to God
2. We are to represent God to others
Action – Love
Ill: Accident at Antioch
App: The responsibility is not an easy one, but a necessary one.
III. We are to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God
Exp: From Peter to Paul
12 Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
What are these spiritual sacrifices?
Even money as Dr. Warren Wiersbe states in his commentary
Ill: Talking to Junior Clayton about the bread of life ministry in Sanford
Our lives are to be focused in such a way as that all of our activities are done with an attitude of worship and sacrifice to God
1 Co 10:31HCSB
31 Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory.
(CBS/AP) Oct 4, 2006
In just about any other community, a deadly school shooting would have brought demands from civic leaders for tighter gun laws and better security, and the victims' loved ones would have lashed out at the gunman's family or threatened to sue. But that's not the Amish way. As they struggle with the slayings of five of their children in a one-room schoolhouse, the Amish in this Lancaster County village are turning the other cheek, urging forgiveness of the killer and quietly accepting what comes their way as God's will. "They know their children are going to heaven. They know their children are innocent ... and they know that they will join them in death," said Gertrude Huntington, a Michigan researcher and expert on children in Amish society. "The hurt is very great," Huntington said. "But they don't balance the hurt with hate."