by John Barnett

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Designed for Christ's Church (9 of 9)
Series: Our Shared Life
John Barnett

Calvary Bible is a church that belongs to Jesus. He is building this church, and as we celebrate our 80th year as a local church, Jesus has great plans for each of us. Every believer has been specially designed by God, to do ministry in Christ's church.

Please open to the verse that is on the lanyard holding our nametags. Find the reference on your lanyard or someone's around you (and if you don't know them, say hello and meet them).

First Peter 2:5 is a "design-check" verse. It is God reminding us that we all need to check if we are together doing the ministry He designed us to do in Christ's church.

Follow along as we listen to Peter's capturing God's Words and giving them to us in the Holy Scriptures:

I Peter 2:5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

We are all servants, designed to offer our lives to God as a gift. Most households in America take a moment around the New Year to look at their financial standing. How the debts vs. assets are doing, or the savings for the college fund, or the baby fund, or the house fund, or the retirement fund.

For most Americans, last year was a year the stock markets gained back almost a third of the loss of the financial meltdown of the year before. But, a third of a loss gained back, means quite a loss still exists. Financial life is so precarious at times.

Have you ever wished you could just once be on the inside of a great financial deal, like an option to buy as many shares of Google stock as you wanted to, at only a dollar per share (current price $619.80)? Wouldn't that thrill your heart to know you had such wealth potential?

We all think so clearly on what we would like when it comes to finances, but what about another investment, one in non-material or spiritual things?

Did you know that yo ...

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