The Vision For the Church

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A Vision For the People

Peter outlines a vision for the people of God that has its foundation in the Old Testament.

Jesus is the Cornerstone of the building. Many will stumble over that Cornerstone. They just can’t get over putting their life on the Cornerstone. On the flip side, some allow God to build them on the Cornerstone.

For everyone who has faith in Jesus, God builds them into the House of God, the Church. Each of us are bricks in the building that is God’s Church! In this chapter, Peter tells us the building God’s people meet in is not what is special. It is the people.

Yesterday, Peter tells God’s people to be holy just as the Lord is holy. Talk about a high calling! But now we see the why behind the command. God builds us into his House. God’s very own dwelling place!

God chose us as a race separate from our own race. Also, we’re a holy priesthood with direct access to the throne room of the Father 24/7. Then, we’re a holy nation as a people with a Kingdom not of this world. Lastly, we are God’s own possession. But not just any possession. We’re his prize possession!

This is a vision that calls us to a different way of life!

Submission and Serving

Our lives are different because we are a brick in the House of God. And our different lives fly in the face of our culture. In fact, the differences will grate on even us.

We submit and we serve. We cannot say we submit and serve God without doing that for people.

And there are some difficult points of submission in this chapter. Because of this, there are questions I don’t know if I can answer them.

Ultimately, Peter’s teaching is that we’re willing to go through subpar circumstances because of our willingness to submit and serve people. Leadership, government, employers, etc. are people who submit to.

Now, we live in a culture of change. And change is possible. First Century was different in this regard. At the same time, what hasn’t changed is what is better, long-lasting change. We can yell and scream and demand people change. And we can produce an outward change. But when we submit and serve, we can bring about heart change.

And heart change lasts. Heart change transforms generations.

In the Old Testament, Daniel served Nebuchadnezzar. He was an egotistical maniac. He captured Daniel & his 3 buddies. They were exiles in a foreign land. They served a pagan, evil king. But the submitted and served. And in Daniel 4, Nebuchadnezzar has a “come to Jesus” moment. I believe we see heart change.

We live this way because we hope in heart change. Maybe not in every person. But in some people. And when heart change occurs in some, it impacts entire cultures, communities and countries.

Throughout this year (Aug. 2016-Aug. 2017), CrossPoint will be reading through the New Testament. We are doing this because we’re learning about the Church and the New Testament is the handbook for the church. Therefore, join us as we follow this reading plan. Today’s reading is from 1 Peter 2.