Grace Energized Men: God, Gifts, and God's Building Project (16 of 31) by John Barnett

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Grace Energized Men: God, Gifts, and God's Building Project (16 of 31)
Series: Grace-Energized Men
John Barnett
February 17, 2008

The God of the Universe is seeking something-God is looking for individuals who will worship Him. We were all born, alienated from God, by our sin. But Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost by taking our place on the cross and paying the price for our sin.

The Good News of the Gospel is that Jesus did all that needs to be done to take away the penalty and power of our sin so that we can worship our Creator.

Open with me to Christ's words in John 4:22.

John 4:22-28 "You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 "But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." 25 The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things." 26 Jesus said to her, "I who speak to you am He." NKJV

Today salvation is turning towards Christ in faith and away from sin. At the instant of salvation, as Jesus told this woman at the well, we become worshippers. But we have so many hindrances all around us to fully offering that worship that God the Father seeks from us. That is why we are studying edification. We need to be:

Edified (Built up) to Worship

Now, turn with me to I Peter 2:4 and listen to what we all need today.

1 Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up (there is our word "edified") a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

In order to offer worship as God desires, we all need to be a part of a lifelong building project that God has called the Church.

There have been some amazing building projects in history. Noah building the ark; th ...

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