Sunday, September 14, 2014

LIVING STONES COMMUNITY CHURCH: SCS No. 19


Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 19

(We at Project Dream Again hope these sermonettes bring some measure of peace to your soul and maybe spark a thought you then share with someone else in your life. Stoney Creek Sermonettes are not meant to replace your participation in a faith community.) 



Scripture Lesson for Today: 1 Peter 2:1-10 English Standard Version (ESV)


1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander.
2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—
3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,
5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture:
   “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
    a cornerstone chosen and precious,
    and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
   “The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone,”
8 and
   “A stone of stumbling,
    and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Sermonette for Today:

I hope you don’t read the passage for today just once.  It is ten verses full of both theology and instructions for Christian living.  Peter tells us to get rid of the malice and a list of other things from our lives.  He also says to stop all evil speaking.  I thought about what Peter might be driving at here.  My best guess is that he is warning against going around behind the backs of others speaking untruths about them for your own purposes.

He says we should desire the milk of the word.  How often do you read and study your Bible?  How often do you stop and listen for God to speak to you?  Peter says we are living stones for a spiritual house of which Jesus Christ is the cornerstone. Read verse 10 again. 
“10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”  

We were not living stones (a people), but now we are living stones (the true church) and our lives must show holy living.  Some of the words here are similar to words Jesus spoke to Peter years earlier.

Matthew 16:18-19 (ESV)

18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
    
The church built on a rock with living stones and Jesus as the cornerstone is a picture I love to think about.  I am afraid it is not the picture most people have of the modern church, but Peter clearly put forth what it would take to build a solid community of believers.  I will hold on to my picture of the living stones community church.
 

Prayer for Today:

Our Heavenly Father, May we learn to see each other as you see us and to find the purpose you have for us and live it to the fullest in honor of you and your Son. It is in His name we pray this prayer. Amen.



© Ed Cooper, September 14, 2014, Stoney Creek, Tennessee
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