The opening of the letter indicates that these early Christian communities were experiencing suffering, almost certainly in relation to their faithful witness to Christ. Just as Israel received hope and encouragement from prophets like Isaiah, so Peter does the same for the early churches he writes to. We are reminded of the fact that we as the Church are “living stones” built up by God upon Christ’s foundation. By using all these verses from the Old Testament story of God’s chosen people, Peter is saying to these new believers – these Gentile believers who feel like outsiders and foreigners and refugees who are no longer a part of their old life and community, but still unsure if they are really welcome into their new life and community – Peter is saying that they are now a part of that family, that chosen people of God. Home / Sermon Library / Living Stones. In our friendships. We know that Jesus also said, “Destroy this temple, and I will rebuild it in 3 days.” (John 2:19) We know now that he was not talking about the Temple building, but about his own body, which would be destroyed in death on the cross but restored to life in a resurrection body after 3 days. A cornerstone is the first stone that is laid when a new building is being constructed. In other words, the Church, empowered by Christ and the Holy Spirit, has the same kind of close (if not closer) access to God that the priests of ancient Israel did. The highest goods are not honor and power for oneself. December 24th, 2020 3:30 -m – 4:30 pm. Instead, it is certain systems of human thought that are not deeply rational enough. As a means of instilling them with hope, Peter has so far been identified the Christian Church with Israel, the people of God in the Old Testament. Also, send me the Evangelical Newsletter and special offers. The best description I found is that the priest’s role is to be a bridge between God and people. To listen or download, click on the sermon title . To the larger Roman world that valued honor and power above all else, the proclamation of the Crucified Lord appeared foolish and scandalous. The early Christians were viewed not only as treasonous (for they refused to worship the emperor and the gods that upheld the empire) but also as irrational because of this gospel. They don’t move, they don’t grow, they don’t learn. Patheos has the views of the prevalent religions and spiritualities of the world. It is because Christ as the once-for-all atoning sacrifice is the Mediator between God and humanity, that those who are in Christ can offer spiritual sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving. In 2 Samuel, God speaks through the prophet Nathan to tell King David that his son would build the Temple, the house for God, and he then says, “I will be his father, and he will be my son.” So as Peter writes about the Living Stone, the people also hear the promise that God would send his Son. All these designations find their root in Christ as the “living Stone” and the “chosen and precious cornerstone” mentioned earlier in the text. What does that mean? Peter’s encouragement to them, and to us, is that of resurrection-shaped hope. Home; About Us; Giving; Get Involved; Spanish Church; Sermons; Events Calendar; Contact Us First, am I willing to build myself on Christ as the cornerstone? The messages are depicted by the dates in which they were presented. But their verdict was not the last word. The 2 words are similar in Hebrew as well – stone is eben, son is ben. While most of my time in both New Testament exegesis and sermon-writing has revolved around the Gospels and the Pauline epistles, I really enjoyed wrestling with this text and crafting a sermon around it. God is keeping the promise of rebuilding the Temple, only it is no longer a physical building in a single place. For God the Son willingly took on flesh and, in the words of Peter’s fellow Apostle, Paul: “humbled Himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! I realize there is a difference between a cornerstone and a capstone. The major difference is that now the temple of God is no longer a physical locale in Jerusalem where God’s presence is centered. ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Christian faith and rationality are thus never opposed. This is why Peter uses the language of nourishing spiritual milk. Please also opt me in for Exclusive Offers from Patheos’s Partners, "People are a bit embarrassed by the relationship between King and H. P. Lovecraft although ...", "For good King books that assist in visualizing the supernatural realm--or at least they did ...". The plan involves a contrast between being loved by God and being rejected by people. Each person listening to Peter’s letter is offered that gift of New Life and Living Hope. When God chose to build His living community on the church, He chose Jesus to be “the living Stone,” around which He placed people like you and me, “living stone ” to be His “spiritual house.” His temple, His church. When I worked as a labor and delivery nurse in Chicago, new parents could order […], Sermon:  “Share Joy” December 6th, 2020                                                                                                    Rev. SOUTH RENO. Jesus, too, had been dead, killed and put into a tomb, but he was resurrected to new life; a Living Stone. Christ’s sacrifice, his body and blood, serve as the mortar which joins us together with God and with one another. CHURCH OVERVIEW; 2020 ANNUAL REPORT; MISSIONS & PARTNERS; STAFF DIRECTORY; CONTACT US; MINISTRY STATUS; MY GRACE CHAPEL; Give; Living Stones. Living Hope, then Living Word, and now in our passage today, Peter writes about Living Stones. He talks about how Christ as the Living Stone was rejected by humans. When Peter speaks of Christ as a cornerstone then, he is using this kind of building imagery. Peter is not just talking to the Pastor of the church. So as Peter writes about living stones, the people would think about the stones of the Temple and hear the promise of the Temple to be rebuilt. Download free sermons, preaching outlines and illustrations. For Christ was chosen by God and is precious to Him. Events Peter speaks of “living stones” here. Again though, as Peter reminds them (and us), this is only possible at all because of Christ. Tune in Live . A message from Pastor David Moore Hurricane Season Information. In the 7 verses we are looking at this morning, 6 of them, nearly all, contain a quote or an allusion to texts from the Old Testament. Welcome to Living Stones Church in Kona, Hawaii! These are the questions Rev. Welcome to Living Stones Church in Kona, Hawaii! Access the video sermons on our YouTube channel! As integral parts of the building of God, we have security in Christ (John 6:37). Get rid of unhealthy things - strip them off like soiled clothes 1. malous 2. deception 3. hypocrisy 4. jealousy 5. backstabbing B. When we put our faith in him, we too received that new life and we too are living stones, like Jesus, once dead in our sins and now alive in Christ. A crucified Messiah? For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a … Sunday Service Schedule. You need to do that; I need to do that, too. RENO. Amen. As the Body of Christ they have access to God through Christ. The references to Jesus as a living stone, and to us his followers as living stones, actually look forward to the quotation from Isaiah that Peter offers shortly afterwards. God made a covenant, an agreement with them. Peter’s encouragement speaks through the centuries to us as Christians today. Matt Tuggle, Director of Family Ministries at HPUMC, asked us this weekend in Cornerstone. Also, send me the Evangelical Newsletter. No one can be a lone ranger in the Christian life, it is by definition, something we do together. Sunday 10:00 AM I was not very athletic, at least not in team sports, so I was usually left standing in the circle till the very end. Christ is not only the Mediator, He is the living cornerstone; the foundational, orienting rock upon which the Church is built. Contact And are you ready? This is the Rock of Truth. Living Stones Sunday Morning, November 1, 2020 BOOKS OF THE BIBLE. How could this be?! But on the other hand, Jesus is not just a stone, He is a living stone. To listen or download, click on the sermon title . “Living Stones”: A Sermon on 1 Peter 2:2-10. In the letter to the Hebrews, ch.4, we read we now have a Great High Priest, who is Jesus, God’s Son, who is able to understand us in in every way. I have posted a few sermons on this blog over the last several months. These living stones are being finished and ready for final transportation and assembly in Jerusalem. By quoting Isaiah—one of the greatest of the Hebrew prophets—Peter again gives the churches he is writing to hope and encouragement. … It was the priests who offered sacrifices to God, both for the atonement and for thanksgiving. This is my most recent one on 1 Peter 2:2-10 from just near the end of this past academic year. 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. As living stones, we have new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). As priests we stand between God and someone in need and link them together like a bridge through prayer. A capstone is the stone at the top of an archway, or at the peak of a building, which needs to be a perfectly shaped and perfectly placed to hold the weight of the entire structure. Jesus has now served as the sacrifice for the forgiveness of sin, but there is still a roll for us as priests. It was my first time preaching from one of the catholic epistles. Living Stones Temple has made it easier and more convenient for you to listen to the word given by God and relayed by Pastor A.B. Signup for our mailing list. Betsy Perkins What does that mean? You are welcome at Living Stones Church, Elko on Sundays at 11am online or in person at 700 Moren Way. The supreme irony of the cross and the resurrection of Christ is that the stone that the human “builders” rejected, is the stone that God Himself has made the foundational cornerstone of His people. When we are experiencing suffering as a result of our faithful witness to Christ, we hear Peter’s words. The temple of God exists wherever God has called out His people. … We often need encouragement. 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. Pastor’s Page click here for the most recent discipleship guide. It is in those times that we most need encouragement from our Christian brothers and sisters. First, he says that because of the resurrection, they had been given new birth into a living hope – they have brand new life, bright with hope that cannot fade or spoil or die away, the hope of salvation. Unless of course you like the lone ranger gig, and don’t want to have to be fit together with others who also trust in God, but may think differently, dress differently, look differently, speak differently. Get sermon ideas from Rick Ferguson by Living Stones In A Spiritual House (3 Of 3). 9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Live Broadcast. I wonder how many of you when I asked you to think about experiences of being chosen, found instead that your mind side-step to experiences when you were NOT chosen. This was especially true for the earliest Christians. Living as faithful witnesses for Christ in a world that does not recognize Him can often lead to suffering and adversity. Watch this sermon on a Roku or Apple TV! 904-351-0180 And so God builds us upon His firm cornerstone: the Crucified and Risen Christ. We are sons; we are stones. 6 For in Scripture it says: 7 Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. It is a hope in divine love that is stronger than Death itself. LATEST SERMONS. It is that which causes someone to stumble or to take offense. Each one of us needs to be obedient to God’s command to love. ELKO. Verse four describes Jesus (as the Living Stone) as being both chosen and precious to God and being rejected by men. Play most recent Recording Now playing Notes Add to Favorites . SUNDAY GATHERINGS - 9am, 11am, 1pm. I tell you the truth, not one stone here will be left upon another; every stone will be thrown down.” (Mt.24:2) About 40 years after Jesus’ death, just after Peter wrote this letter perhaps, the Temple in Jerusalem is destroyed again by Roman armies, just as Jesus said. "The stone which the builders rejected has become the head of … And that’s important, because Peter is now going to talk about who they are, together, in Christ, and what their mission is together. Verse 6 is a quote from Isaiah 28:16. “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. Phone: 262-728-6280 Home How many of you have been a part of that kind of choosing? Church Address. Living Stones on YouTube. Living Stones Community Church. This is the key to Peter’s encouragement. Peter begins this passage saying, “Welcome to the Living Stone,” or “Come to the Living Stone.” Living stone sounds like a contradiction – we don’t usually think of stones as living, not in the way that plants or animals or humans are living. Worship Service. Their structure and direction—our structure and direction—is determined by Him. We are chosen to be living stones that align ourselves with the Living Stone, who imitate Christ. Choose your church below to find sermons. Box 547) Get sermon ideas from Rick Ferguson by Living Stones In A Spiritual House (3 Of 3). Therefore, Peter went on to say, therefore become who you are in that new life, by imitating God to be holy and to be loving, and draw from the living Word, from Jesus, to give you the strength to grow and mature in your faith. In reality though, the way of the Crucified Lord is the supreme rationality of God Himself. 6 … Living Stones Church is all about Jesus and what He has done through His life, death, and resurrection. The supreme irony of this is that Christ is the preeminent foundation stone and the human powers that claim supreme authority for themselves not only failed to see this; they also had their verdict overturned by the Creator God. First, Peter speaks of Christ as the Living Stone. Not least because I myself have almost no knowledge of architecture. Tweet. The cornerstone—especially in ancient architecture—determined how a building would be built. Is it a place of unity? In the NRSV 1 Peter 2:5 reads a little differently, it says, “…Let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood.” In other words, there is a choice I need to make. The stones of the first temple were shaped in quarries all around Judea, but the living stones for the ultimate temple of God are being shaped all around the world. Finally, verse 10 is a quote from Hosea 2:23. Christ as the “Living Stone” was spoken of by the Hebrew prophets centuries ago. Living Stones Messages & Teachings: Join us live or watch past messages & services! God’s true temple is not on a mountain top in Jerusalem but is a Christ community — past, present and future. The walls follow the guide of that cornerstone, and when it is true and every other brick or stone is laid in line with the cornerstone, the whole building rises in alignment. He reminds them of what EASTER means for who they are and what they should be doing. Another way in which we serve as a bridge between people and God is to link those who don’t know God, don’t know how to find God, with a path to be reunited with God. No one should be blocked from the gospel and the opportunity to be reconciled to God. He didn’t write, “present yourselves as building stones for the sanctuary in which you’ll hire a holy priest.” He is talking to everyone, each one of us will serve as holy priests. We need it in our jobs. As the Master Builder, God places His living stones just where He wants us to be (1 Corinthians 12:18). In Exodus 19:6, God says that they “will be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” Unfortunately, they just couldn’t do the job. Before going any further we need to take a quick aside to better understand what exactly a cornerstone is. So God promised to send his Son, who would finally be able to truly fulfill that role of priest. The reading is from Isaiah 61 – It is Isaiah speaking, and it is also Isaiah speaking on behalf of the coming Messiah, the […], ACTS 10:1-48   Bible Study Notes                                                                                                        Rev. Spanish prayer time. Share; Sermon Notes. This is where we Baptists get the idea of the priesthood of all believers. One of the ways priests do that is to pray to God on behalf of the people. He does this by placing them in the same category and story as the people of Israel. • View Contact Information By using this stone imagery, Peter is conveying to his churches that Christ is the firm, foundational anchor point in the midst of their trials and suffering. And that whole loving thing leads us to recognize that we are not alone in this new life and in this living hope. We do that together when we pray for needs in our worship services or when we gather at Bible study. And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. The wider world too needs us to intercede on its behalf, to be the bridge connecting its need to the One who can provide for every need. For it stands in Scripture: ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and whoever believes in … It not only forms the base upon which the rest of the stones will be laid, it also orients how the rest of the stones will be arranged. 1 Peter • Sermon ... As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him— 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. Become Living Stones. Our text picks up near the end of the first main part of the letter. Stones are just an object, they’re dead. For from humanity’s fallen vantage point, the way of the cross looks like foolishness. These are the questions Rev. 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