The Church - God's Building (Ephesians 2:8-22, 1 Peter 2:5, 1 Corinthians 3:16)Gareth Morris, 29th September 2019
Part of the The Church series, preached at a IBCP's Service service
What is God's building?
1. The Community - God's household
2. The Foundations - God's Word
3. The Cornerstone - Gosds Son
4. The Occupier - God's Spirit
As part of God's new creation, we are citizens of the Kingdom of God. Jesus unites us - we are many parts but one in Jesus. We are 'living stones that are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood' (1 Peter 2:5a, NIV).
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8For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9Not of works, lest any man should boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. 11Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world: 13But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 14For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; 16And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: 17And came and preached peace to you which were afar off, and to them that were nigh. 18For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God; 20And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; 21In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: 22In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (KJV)
1 Peter 2:5
5Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. (KJV)
1 Corinthians 3:16
16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (KJV)