"HOW TO BUILD THE CHURCH"
I Peter 2:4-8
November 24, 1991
The craze of church growth in the evangelical community
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.
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)
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
"As to a living stone" - life in itself and that which
* Source of all life in the church - He is where it
"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
2. Christ is the Sovereign choice of God. (vs. 4,6,)
"Choice" - chosen, elected by God. It is the way
God wants to build His church.
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.
We must build our church here on Christ.
II. BUILD THE CHURCH THROUGH MINISTRY. (vs. 5,7-
In the Old Testament the priest had had three privileges
1. Direct access to God.
2. Represented people of God to Israel.
3. Broug ...
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