How To Build The Church by Ronnie Floyd

"HOW TO BUILD THE CHURCH"
I Peter 2:4-8
November 24, 1991
INTRODUCTION:
The craze of church growth in the evangelical community
today.
Jesus said in Matthew 16:18, "I will build my church." This
means Jesus builds His church. That does not mean we are
passive in the process for we are the church.
T.S.:
In 2:1-3 we were instructed to grow in our salvation and
now we are encouraged to be involved in spiritual ministry
in our church. There are two thoughts related in 2:4-9
on How To Build The Church. Look at them with me.
I. BUILD THE CHURCH ON CHRIST. (vs. 4,6)
Explain:
Why does Peter instruct us to build the church on Christ?
1. Christ is the source of all life. (v. 4)
"Coming to Him" - in order to daily have fellowship
with Him.
"As to a living stone" - life in itself and that which
gives life.
* Source of all life in the church - He is where it
comes from.
"Rejected by men" - John 1:11; after examining
Christ they deemed Him useless.
* Many churches have deemed Him useless because
they try to build the church on everything else but
Christ.
2. Christ is the Sovereign choice of God. (vs. 4,6,)
Verse 4:
"Choice" - chosen, elected by God. It is the way
God wants to build His church.
Verse 6
Isaiah 28:16 - Christ is the chosen cornerstone.
"Cornerstone" - The visible support on which the
rest of the building relies on for strength and
stability. Stone lies at the corner of 2 walls.
Therefore, you will never be put to shame.
&. Christ is the sacrifice of God. (v. 4)-
"Precious in the sight of God" (v. 19) - blood sacrifice
of Christ. Since He is the sacrifice of God, the
church should be built on Him. Christ is of the
ultimate value in life.
Application:
We must build our church here on Christ.
II. BUILD THE CHURCH THROUGH MINISTRY. (vs. 5,7-
8)
Illustration:
In the Old Testament the priest had had three privileges
and responsibilities:
1. Direct access to God.
2. Represented people of God to Israel.
3. Broug ...


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