Building a Holy House (1 Peter 2:4-12)
Part of the All In - Tested By Fire series, preached at a Sunday Online service
1 Peter 2:4–12 (Listen)
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
7 So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
“A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.”
They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.
9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.
All In - Tested By Fire
Building a Holy House
I Peter 2:4-12
If someone observed your life and home what would they see?
Jesus the living stone calls on us to address our hearts and homes!
*And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.vs. 4-5
*Through Him then, let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that give thanks to His name. And do not neglect doing good and share, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:5-6
*For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to a people of His own possession out of all the people who are on the face of the earth. Deuteronomy 7:6
Building Plans for Believers-
I. Choose to build a spiritual house - vs. 4-6
A. Requires seeing through spiritual eyes
B. Realize He builds your house
C. True faith conquers disappointment
II. Recognize appraisal value is based on the Builder - vs. 7-8
A. Rejection became our revelation
B. Disobedience became their doom
*Value is determined solely by allowing Jesus to build our lives!
III. Live under the authority of the Master Builder - vs.9-12
A. Leave no room for slander
B. Impact through good deeds
C. Keep your eyes open - others are watching
Will you build a beautiful home?