Building A Great Church! (3 of 3) by Roger Thomas

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Building A Great Church! (3 of 3)
Vision Series
Roger Thomas
1 Peter 2:1-12
October 7, 2001

Introduction: I am reminded of the ten-year-old boy who suddenly announced to his mother one Sunday after church that he had decided to become a minister when he grew up. His mom replied with surprise, "That's great son, but what made you decide that?" "Well" said the youngster, "I have to go to church every Sunday anyway, and I figure it will be more fun to stand up and yell, than to sit and listen." I don't plan to do a lot of yelling, but I hope you are ready to do some listening!

Today's sermon is the third in a series of messages on the theme of "Our Vision." I am endeavoring to lay out as clearly as I know how who we are as a church and what we are attempting to do. Today I want to outline the objectives we are attempting to accomplish in the life of each person who calls this church home.

First let me clarify a very important point. First Christian Church-Vandalia is in the people building business. We are not in the business of building buildings or programs or bank accounts. We are in the people business. When most of us use the word "church" what immediately comes to mind is a building. But the Bible teaches that the church is people—not a building--people who share a common faith, work for a common task, and meet regularly to express their uncommon devotion to another.

Our text makes this clear: "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 . . ." (1 Peter 2:4-5). The church of Jesus Christ is made up—not of bricks and mortar—but "living stones"—people who have met and been transformed by Jesus. Our business is to build a greater church by building people. What kind of people? Our goal is four-fold: we are endeavoring to build a great church of great people who:

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