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Making Himself Known through The Church (1 Peter 2:4-10)

Dennis R. Wiles, December 29, 2013
Part of the Advent 2013 - Making Himself Known series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Dennis R. Wiles
FBC Arlington
December 29, 2013

ADVENT 2013
Making Himself Known
Making Himself Known through The Church
1 Peter 2:4-10

The Doctrine of Revelation – God’s activity of self-disclosure

TEXT: 1 Peter 2:4-10

The Church plays a vital role in God’s great plan.

Jesus Christ is The Foundation and The Focus of the Church

The Church is a spiritual house filled with spiritual people engaged in spiritual sacrifices.

The Church is God’s chosen instrument to express His Kingdom on earth.

God reveals Himself through His people, the Church.

What kind of influencer are you?

1 Peter 2:4-10

As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 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. 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.”

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,”

and

“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”

They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

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. (ESV)