1 Peter 2:4-8

Simon Says – Part 11

As people of God, we are being built into a spiritual house, with Jesus Christ as the precious cornerstone.  It is important to understand your role in what God is building as together we form a temple where His Spirit dwells.  This message helps us grow in our understanding of these things and how they impact the plan of God both now and in eternity.

NOTES:

Simon Says – A Study in 1st Peter

1 Peter 2:4-8 A Spiritual House

Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – March 29th, 2015

 Intro:

  • Today is Palm Sunday – the Sunday that Christians traditionally observe the day when Jesus came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey at the beginning of the Passover week.
  • After teaching and preaching, doing signs and wonders and being with them, this was the beginning of the end.
  • Everyone in the city was stirred up because of the reports they had heard about him, especially about his most recent miracle that happened just down the road from the city, when Lazarus had been raised from the dead.
  • The people were hopeful that this man named Jesus would lead them to victory over there oppressors and set them free from their bondage and captivity.
  • He did indeed do so, but not from the external oppressors, he freed them from the real captors and destroyer, our own sin – the internal destroyer.   And he did so, not with a sword, but with a sacrifice.
  • The Apostle Peter writes for us a metaphor to give us a fuller understanding of who Jesus really is and in turn who we are because of who he is. We are going to examine these things today and also talk about why this is important for us.

1 Peter 2:4-8 (NIV)

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.

  • “as you come to him” – when we look to connect with God, we don’t go to a place we go to a person. He came to us, and because of this, we can come to Him.
    • For the longest time God’s presence was found in a place, but with the coming of Jesus God’s in now present with us as a person. This person is Jesus, God’s only begotten son.

Who Jesus is

 

  • The stone that is alive
    • He is not an idol or image that people set up to worship . . .
    • He is not a dead man but the one who is life himself . . . .

 

  • The stone that is rejected
    • Rejected by men . . . and he can be rejected . . .
    • And why do we reject him? . . .
      • Because of who he said he was . . .
      • Because of what he taught . . .
      • Because he does not do what we want him to do . . .
      • Because we want to do what we want to do . . .

 

  • The stone that is chosen
    • Chosen by God . . .
    • Before the creation of the world
    • God did not choose anyone else for the task of representing him . . . .
    • At the Transfiguration “This is my son, whom I have chosen, listen to him”

 

  • The stone that is precious
    • And not chosen because he was expendable – chosen because he is precious to him
    • Something of great value and great worth – some very dear to his heart . . .
    • He was called precious . . . because of who he is to the father . . . an obedient son . . . full of life and wisdom and compassion and strength and love and hope and . . . .
    • Usually when we have something that is precious to us we keep it . . . and God chose to give this away . . .

 

  • The stone that is trusted
    • Trusted by God . . .
      • To do what He asked Him to do . . .
    • Trusted by people . . .
      • You can trust him for your eternity . . .
      • Those who trust in him will never be but to shame . . .
      • Those who build their life on him, will stand forever . . .

 

  • The stone that is unmoving
    • Causes people to stumble
      • Because they disobey the message . . .
    • Causes people to fall
      • Because they disregard the messiah . . .

 

Who we are because of who He is

 

1 Peter 2:5 (NIV)

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.

 

  • We also, are like living stones . . .
    • Because we have been made alive in Christ . . .
  • We are a spiritual house
    • Each one of one of us is part of the building that God is making . . .
      • Each person a place . . .
      • Each member a minister . . .
      • The image of Mosaic . . .
    • We are (collectively) the how of God that He is building
      • Perhaps share the vision

 

  • We are a holy priesthood . . .
    • We can stand before God . . .
      • Representing people before God and representing God before people . . .
    • Offering acceptable sacrifices . . .
      • This is our life, our prayers, our gifts,
      • We have a ministry . . .
    • That will never be put to shame . . .

 

Why this is important

  • There is no other savior
    • So you will not be lead astray
  • There is no other house
    • So you will not be left alone
  • There is no other message
    • So you cannot be silent

 

Conclusion

  • Rejoice in who Jesus is
    • Put your trust in him
  • Keep connected to him . . .
  • Keep connected to community . . .
  • Keep connecting to those who do not know Him . . .
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