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09-18-16, 1 Peter 2;1-10, Building Our Faith


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09-18-16, 1 Peter 2;1-10, Building Our Faith

  1. 1. 1 Peter 2:1-10 Building Our Faith September 18, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA What’s the number one thing? The glory of God! 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV 31 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
  2. 2. First Baptist Church Jackson Mission: Multiply Disciples to Live Like Jesus. September Memory Verse: John 14:6 ESV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Sign Up Sheets for Prayer Leaders for November 7, 2016, for the Prayer Gathering at the State Capitol. Prayer Leader Team Meetings will take place Sundays, September 25 and October 30, 5:00 p.m. in E412. We received ten (10) prayer leaders last Sunday, we only need thirty (30) more! Please encourage your members to say yes. Fall Bible Study with Don Gann Daily from 09/26/2016 to 09/28/2016 9:15 AM - 11:30 am CLC Dining Room 2nd Floor in the Christian Life Center http://273108b408598f8093db- art.jpg
  3. 3. The Gettys in Concert Sunday, October 16, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM http://273108b408598f8093db- Lance and Wendy Taylor Sunday 1 Peter 2:11-20 Living as Strangers September 25, 2016 First Baptist Church Jackson, Mississippi USA
  4. 4. James 1:19-25 ESV Hearing and Doing the Word 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. James 1:19-25 ESV 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. James 1:19-25 ESV Peter wrote 1 Peter to encourage believers to be good witnesses to their persecutors, and to remember that their suffering would lead to glory (1 Peter 1:6-7; 4:13-14; 5:10). (The Insanity of Obedience by Nik Ripken)
  5. 5. International Missions Weekend November 4th-6th The time to prepare for a crisis is not during the middle of the crisis. Peter had another purpose in mind than just encouraging the believers who were being persecuted. He knew that a "fiery trial" of official persecution was about to begin from the Roman Empire (1 Peter 4:12). Governments feel that they need to be in control of things – all things and they like to have lists of things that they approve of: religions, etc. When the church began in Jerusalem, it was looked on by the Romans as a "sect" of the Jews. The first Christians were Jews and they met in the Temple precincts. The Roman government took no official action against the Christians since the Jewish religion was accepted and approved. But when it became clear that Christianity was not a "sect" of Judaism, Rome had to take steps. The uncontrollable Holy Spirit is what makes Christianity a threat to godless governments.
  6. 6. Just like Rome viewed Christianity as an uncontrollable faith; so too the day is fast approaching when the US government will no longer have Christianity on the “approved” list. Believers in the world today may yet learn the value of 1st Peter when our own "fiery trials" of persecution begin. While the church may not go through the Great Tribulation, Warren Wiersbe believes that these latter days will bring much suffering and persecution to the people of God. Today 1 Peter 2:1-10 Building Our Faith 1 Peter 2:1-10 ESV A Living Stone and a Holy People 1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
  7. 7. 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,” 8 and “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. 1 Peter 2:1-10 ESV
  8. 8. Jon Courson's Application Commentary Old Testament Volume 1. 1 Peter 2:1-3 ESV A Living Stone and a Holy People 1 So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation — 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. If you're a parent, you know how newborn babes crave milk. In the middle of the night, they want milk. When you're trying to study, they want milk. Every few hours they want milk. Peter says we're to be the same way. He doesn't say if we're newborn babes, or when we're newborn babes, but rather we're to continue all the days of our lives as newborn babes, craving the sincere milk of the Word. If we are all in the Word together, the result will be unity. This group of people at FBCJ would never get together like we do for any other reason except the Word. We have different interests, political inclinations, ideas, philosophies, and backgrounds. However, as we study the Word, we are knit together in unity.
  9. 9. That is why we are to lay aside the slow-burning anger of malice, the trickery of guile, and the divisiveness of hypocrisy, envy, and evil speaking. The degree to which those maladies exist in our lives will be the degree to which our hunger for the Word will be diminished. No matter how good the meal Jan prepares for me is, if I stop off at McDonald's on the way home and eat a couple of Quarter Pounders with large fries—and super-size the whole deal—when I get home, I won't be interested in what she has. When people stop reading or studying the Word, it's because they're eating the junk food of the world. That's why Peter says, "First lay aside the junk and then you will desire the milk of the Word." 1 Peter 2:4-5a ESV 4 As you come to Him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5a you yourselves like living stones Peter says not only are we children in the same family, but we are stones in the same building. The building isn't the church—the body is! We are the living stones. People enjoy the sanctuary here at First Baptist Church Jackson. Why? It's not just because the building is beautiful and worshipful but it's because the fragrance of the church (the body) is left behind.
  10. 10. These buildings are nothing more than buildings. But because the church is here worshiping and praying, studying and fellowshipping with the Lord, the environment is filled with the fragrance of Jesus. 1 Peter 2:5b 5b are built up a spiritual house, That we are living stones who are being built up, or fit together, as a spiritual house brings to mind a most interesting Scripture. 1 Kings 6:7 ESV 7 When the house was built, it was with stone prepared at the quarry, so that neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron was heard in the house while it was being built. When Solomon's Temple was being constructed, all of the chiseling, hammering, cutting, and chipping was done underneath the hill of the old city of Jerusalem.
  11. 11. When the stones were taken to the Temple Mount, they could be fit together in silence. We're living stones being fit together for an eternal Temple in Heaven. This life on Earth is the quarry, which explains why we always feel like we're being chipped and chiseled. "Why am I next to this blockhead?" you ask, or, "Why are they part of the family?" You know why? As living stones, we constantly rub against one another, knocking rough edges off one another in the process. You see, God puts us right next to the very people He knows will smooth us down so He can build us up into a Temple for His glory. The problem is, I try to get away from the blockhead I'm rubbing against. But because God puts us in fixes to fix us, He puts us with people and in situations He knows will shape us most effectively. So if I try to fix the fix God put me in, He will be faithful to put me in another fix to fix the fix He wanted to fix in the first place!
  12. 12. If we don't learn this, we'll go from fix to fix until finally we say, "Okay, Lord. I'm not going to try to fix this, or wiggle out of that, but I'm going to embrace and accept where You have me because I know You're shaping me for eternity." 1 Peter 2:5c-8 ESV 5c 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.” According to tradition, during the construction of Solomon’s Temple, work went smoothly until the builders were unable to locate the cornerstone. Word was sent to send the missing stone up to the Temple Mount. "We sent that stone a long time ago," the quarriers replied. The builders were confused until one of them remembered a perfectly cut stone that was tossed into the Kidron Valley because no one knew what to do with it. The rejected Cornerstone is a Biblical allusion that shows up again and again throughout Scripture (Isaiah 28:16-18; Psalm 118:22; Acts 4:11).
  13. 13. "It was a mistake to marry him," she cries. "I can't figure her out," he sighs. "This is unworkable. Let's quit," they say. The same thing happened to Jesus. "How can this carpenter, this peasant, be the Messiah?" they scoffed. "He leads no army. He has no credentials. Let's get rid of Him," they said. Instead of saying, "Dump them," you and I must be those who look at people and situations and say, "I bet this is the Cornerstone working in my life. Jesus is using this situation in some way I can't figure out. It doesn't fit in with my thinking. It doesn't work according to my calculation or design—but somehow, even as He was rejected, this could very well be a key to what He is doing in my life." 1 Peter 2:9a EVS 9a But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, Not only are we children in the same family and stones in the same building, but we are priests in the same Temple.
  14. 14. The Power of Sacrifice A Topical Study of 1 Peter 2:9 “I'm a preacher” says Jon Courson. “There's nothing I'd rather be, for there is nothing as fulfilling as being in ministry.” “As a minister, I get to see people's eternal destiny changed.” “I get to share the Good News of what Jesus did on the Cross of Calvary with people who are not sure where they will spend eternity.” “I get to see marriages turn around and families discover a Foundation upon which they can build successfully.” “There's nothing I would rather do than be in the ministry.” Guess what. Our text tells us we are in the ministry every bit as much as he is — for we are all chosen to be a royal priesthood. "Wait a minute," you say. "How can I be in the ministry? I've never been ordained." Really? Didn't Jesus say, "You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and ordained you that you should go and bring forth much fruit" (see John 15:16)? "Well," you say, "if I'm an ordained minister, where's my office?" If you work at a bank, your office is in a bank. If you work at Wal-Mart, it's at Wal-Mart. If you go to school, your office is on your campus. If you are retired, you are working from home!
  15. 15. The Lord has ingeniously positioned his pastors in places "professional pastors" like Jon Courson and Matt Brooks and Lance Taylor could never minister effectively. When we understand this, it changes everything because we see ourselves not as a banker, a student, or a truck driver, but as a minister of the Gospel who has been uniquely placed in a given arena to make an impact for the kingdom of God. Truly, we are a royal priesthood, ordained and assigned by no less than the King of kings! What is a priesthood? In the Old Testament, the priesthood consisted of a specific group of men who would stand before God on behalf of the people, and before the people on behalf of God but in the New Testament, the entire church is a priesthood. "If that's the case," you say, "it was the job of the Old Testament priests to offer sacrifices to the Lord. How does that apply to us?" Consider the following five sacrifices we, the New Testament priesthood, are instructed to offer. Five Sacrifices We are to Offer 1) The Sacrifice of Self. 2) The Sacrifice of Souls. 3) The Sacrifice of Stuff. 4) The Sacrifice of Song. 5) The Sacrifice of Service. 1) The Sacrifice of Self. Romans 12:1 KJV 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
  16. 16. The first sacrifice we offer as New Testament priests is that of ourselves. Because living sacrifices tend to wiggle off the altar, we must continually lay our lives down. Thus, daily, even hourly, we pray: "Today, Father, I give my eyes to You. May I look at people the way You do. I give My lips to You. May I speak words that are in harmony with Your heart. I give my hands to You. May they reach out in love. I give my feet to You. Please guard and guide my steps. I give my body to You, Lord, a living sacrifice.” If God wants to say something about Himself to someone, He no longer has a mouth on this Earth so He may choose to use your mouth. Five Sacrifices We are to Offer 1) The Sacrifice of Self. 2) The Sacrifice of Souls. 3) The Sacrifice of Stuff. 4) The Sacrifice of Song. 5) The Sacrifice of Service.
  17. 17. 2) The Sacrifice of Souls. Romans 15:16 KJV 16 That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the Gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost. When you witness at Wal-Mart, the bank or around your neighborhood, when you speak in such a way that people can see you're a Christian—be it as you give a word of testimony, or as you turn the conversation in some way to the goodness and grace of God—you are offering a well-pleasing sacrifice to the Lord. Five Sacrifices We are to Offer 1) The Sacrifice of Self. 2) The Sacrifice of Souls. 3) The Sacrifice of Stuff. 4) The Sacrifice of Song. 5) The Sacrifice of Service. 3) The Sacrifice of Stuff. Philippians 4:18 18 But I have all, and abound: I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well-pleasing to God. As in Old Testament days when the aroma of barbequed bulls and lambs was well-pleasing to the Father, the material stuff we share is delightful to His senses as well.
  18. 18. He knows our tendency to buy things we can't afford with money we don't have in order to impress people we don't like. Therefore, He says, "I want you to give—not because I need the money, but because you need to be released from the bondage of materialism." When you give to the Lord, you're not just supporting a ministry, but you are giving away a bit of your selfishness and greediness. Doing so is pleasing in God's sight. Five Sacrifices We are to Offer 1) The Sacrifice of Self. 2) The Sacrifice of Souls. 3) The Sacrifice of Stuff. 4) The Sacrifice of Song. 5) The Sacrifice of Service. 4) The Sacrifice of Song. Hebrews 13:15 KJV 15 By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. The Father is delighted when His children come together to praise Him. Gifts of thanksgiving and praise delight the heart of any father. You might feel like you've messed up. But when you come before the Father with a bouquet of praise, saying, "Lord, I know I made a bad mistake, but I love You!" His heart is touched.
  19. 19. Maybe singing praise songs isn't your thing. If you choose to lift hands, or bow the knee, or sing anyway, you're sacrificing your own comfort, shyness, image or feeling of inadequacy. Then it becomes a true sacrifice of praise. As is the case with the sacrifice of our stuff, God doesn't need to be praised. We need to praise. God doesn't need affirming. He doesn't suffer from low self-esteem. He's not saying, "Am I really the Holy and Anointed One? Am I really sweeter than honey? Thanks for reminding Me because I was questioning that this morning." No! That's not it! God knows Who He is, and He also knows we need to acknowledge Who He is in order that we might be reminded. Five Sacrifices We are to Offer 1) The Sacrifice of Self. 2) The Sacrifice of Souls. 3) The Sacrifice of Stuff. 4) The Sacrifice of Song. 5) The Sacrifice of Service. 5) The Sacrifice of Service Hebrews 13:16 ESV 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God. When you write a thank-you note to someone, when you tell a brother you see the Lord in him, or when you affirm a sister in her faith, you offer the sacrifice of service.
  20. 20. When you mow someone's lawn or bake someone cookies, you're doing good and offering a sacrifice which is well-pleasing to God. "Okay," you might be saying, "I understand I'm in the priesthood, and I understand the sacrifices I am supposed to offer. To be honest, however, the idea of sacrifice just doesn't appeal to me." Sacrifice may not appeal to you, but I'll bet success does. Sacrifice secures success because sacrifice releases power, and great sacrifice releases great power! God’s enemy can no longer fight against such a great sacrifice. The reason God is calling you and me to be a priesthood that offers sacrifices is because He knows that sacrifice secures success. The greatest sacrifice ever offered was when God gave His Son. The greatest power ever released is that which secures our salvation. May God help us to understand that sacrifice is not something that simply causes us pain or agony.
  21. 21. The sacrifice God calls us to is to set us free in order that we might be successful and powerful in life and ministry. Or, "Instead of gossiping in the lunchroom at work, I'm going to slip away to a quiet spot and thank the Lord for His goodness to me.” Or, "I'm going to share the Lord with kids at school." Or, "I'm going to give to someone in need." The Father will breathe deeply of such sweet-smelling sacrifice to Him — as you take your place in the royal priesthood. 1 Peter 2:9b-10 KJV 9b an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9b-10 KJV As children of the same family, stones in the same building, priests in the same Temple, we are also citizens of the same nation. People look at us and say, "What a peculiar group you are."
  22. 22. Any nation that would heavily fine a person for destroying an eagle's egg, yet actually encourage the destruction of a human embryo is peculiar indeed. Therefore, I'm glad a culture like that looks at us as being strange! True story from Cathy Jeffcoat: “I love having the opportunity to share stories with you, my friends.” “I had lunch with a first year Mississippi College Law student last Sunday.” “During our time together, I asked her, why did you visit First Baptist Jackson the first time?” “She replied, ‘After I moved here, I selected a hair salon and during my appointment, I had two employees at the hair salon invite me to First Jackson the following Sunday morning. I knew I had to attend, if individuals are in the workplace sharing and inviting people to the church they are a part of.’” “This person joined one of the Single Adult Sunday School classes last Sunday.” “That is what it is all about, being Jesus Hands and Feet in our City.” “Take time prior to Sunday, pick up your phone or send an e-mail to someone you have not seen in a few weeks or someone who has visited in your Sunday School Class, let them know they are important to God’s Kingdom.” The Plan of Hope & Salvation John 3:16 ESV 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 14:6 ESV 6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Romans 3:23 ESV 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
  23. 23. Romans 6:23a ESV 23a For the wages of sin is death,  Death in this life (the first death) is 100%.  Even Jesus, the one who doesn’t deserve death, died in this life to pay the penalty for our sins.  The death referred to in Romans 6:23a is the second death explained in Revelation 21:8. Revelation 21:8 ESV 8 “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Romans 6:23b ESV 23b but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 5:8 ESV 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Revelation 21:7 ESV 7 "The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son.”  Romans 10:9-10 explains to us how to be conquerors. Romans 10:9-10 ESV 9 because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. Romans 10:13 ESV 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” If you have questions or would like to know more, please, contact First Baptist Church Jackson at 601-949-1900 or