Sermon, delivered by Mike Sperou, Senior Pastor of North Clackamas Bible Community.
As Living Stones — 1Pe 2.4-8
Full, 51-min sermon audio; Sunday, July 28, 2019:
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 as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
For this is contained in Scripture: “Behold, I lay in Zion a choice stone, a precious corner stone, And he who believes in Him will not be disappointed.” This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, “The stone which the builders rejected, This became the very corner stone,” and, “A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense”; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed.
The Apostle Peter is using the metaphor of the living temple to remind the believing of the nature of the church and of its twofold call: first, TO COME to Jesus Christ, as to a LIVING stone; second, TO SURRENDER to His building … not rejecting Him, but drawing near to Him, by the Bible, cooperating in being fitted as a LIVING stone into a particular local church.