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Marks of a True Church

21 Dec

Marks of a True Church

1 Peter 2:4-10

Illustration:

A student Tuesday night from teens in the city said,

“ this building is not Journey church, believers are”

Here’s the church, here’s the steeple…

Setting the Sermon:

What are the major steps to building a building?

Luke 14:27-28

Find the perfect spot

Find an Architect

Have a plan

Set your foundation markers

Gather materials and supplies

Gather the Builders

Follow the right plan

Read the Scripture: 1 Peter 2:1-10

Peter expressed some distinct marks of True Believers

This morning we will discover these distinct marks

 

How has your church stood the test of time this year?

 

There are five distinct marks each church must consider…

 

In Every True Church…

  1. There is the Right Architect/Designer (God) v. 4)

 

“Coming to Him” or “To whom coming”

 

…indicates a daily relationship with Christ—beginning not ending with conversion

 

Fellowship with Christ builds believers up as spiritual house.

 

Chosen by God is the Living Stone

Explanation:

 

The word “chosen” means that in God’s foreknowledge, God designed that Jesus would be the central/cornerstone of the church.

 

In His omniscience, God did not chose to use styles or any particular individuals as the foundations of His church. He chose to use the “proper foundation which is His Son (Jesus).

The first mark of a True Church (Are you coming to Him) is the “Right Architect”

 

Question for thought…

 

Why do churches fail? (unchurched; 46)

 

  1. There is the Right Guide/Standard of Measurement (Jesus) v. 4a; 6)

 

What types of measurements do we typically use daily?

 

What measurements do you we use in the church?

 

Point to Make: Psalm 118:22; Isaiah 28:16

 

Explanation:

 

“Cornerstone”

 

In ancient times the chief/primary cornerstone was situated first on the foundation, then other stones were aligned to it. It was placed at the corner, or an intersecting angle, where two walls meet with a 90 degree cut in order to have proper measurement. If this stone was not cut right, was not placed right, or was not set right all other stones would be unstable.

 

Explanation:

 

Right/Wrong p. 13

 

Read Romans 1:19-22

 

In our communities today, we have seen the rejection of the True standard or measurement as the Jews did in this passage. The TRUTH has become unclear, and therefore relative. Jesus gave us the Absolute Truth in John 14:6, but many have interpreted in a different way.

 

The opposite of Absolute Truth is relative truth!!

 

Read Ephesians 2:19-22

 

Jesus Christ is our Standard! Without Him the church is just a building!!

 

Have you accepted the proper measurement?

 

If you don’t get the cornerstone right, the church will not be aligned properly!!

Organizational, Theological, Philosophical, Relational = Being/Making of disciples

 

III. There is the Right Building (living stones) v. 5

 

…living stones…

…holy priesthood…

 

 

 

 

 

Explanation:

 

“lively stones” = alignment for other “stones” or “believers” with the chief cornerstone is vital. These living stones are believers (Notice the close relationship between Christ and Christians). These living stones in right relationship with Christ comprise the “spiritual house” or “church”.

 

“living” = alive to God by regeneration and working of the Spirit

 

“spiritual house” = held together by the Spirit of God and common faith

 

“holy priesthood” = Priesthood of all believers

Priesthood of All Believers

We affirm the priesthood of all believers. Laypersons have the same right as ordained ministers to communicate with God, interpret Scripture, and minister in Christ’s name. That is why the Convention requires strong lay involvement on its boards.

This doctrine is first and foremost a matter of responsibility and servanthood, not privilege and license.

It is of course, a perversion of this doctrine to say that all views are equally valid, that you can believe anything and still be a Baptist or that the pastor has no unique leadership role.

Soul Competency

We affirm soul competency, the accountability of each person before God. Your family cannot save you. Neither can your church. It comes down to you and God. Authorities can’t force belief or unbelief. They shouldn’t try.

Against this backdrop of religious freedom, it’s important for us Baptists to set forth our convictions. By stating them in a forthright manner, we provide nonbelievers with a clear choice.

 

Are you aligned to the “Chief Cornerstone”?

 

  1. There is the Qualified Builders (Believers) (Parent stage) v. 7-8

 

…obedient…

…disobedient…

 

Explanation:

 

There are two types of builders in this passage: 1) obedient & 2) disobedient. The disobedient (unbelievers) took time to examine Jesus to see if He met their own needs, and rejected Him when they found He did not. God knows what we need, no need to see if He will meet our needs.

(Fulfillment of the prophecy in Psalm 118:22)

 

The obedient (believers are the “Qualified builders”. The disciple wheel (I spoke about briefly last week) gives us a picture of a Qualified Builder (Parent Stage).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you understand your role as part of the body of believers?

 

  1. There is the Right Plan Implemented (God’s Plan) v. 9-10)

 

But you are not like that, for you are chosen people. You are a kingdom of priests, God’s holy nation, His very own possession. This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for He called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.

 

(direct contrast between believers and unbelievers)

 

25 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved.

26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:

28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: becaue a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. (Romans 9:25-28; Quote from Hosea 2:23; 1:10)

 

It’s not about us, people, or events;

It’s all about Jesus!!

 

But you… (Believers)

All True Believers are:

1) A Chosen Race

 

One Family

 

Chosen by God to belong to His church

 

His unique body

 

 

 

 

 

2) A Royal Priesthood

 

Full access to God through Jesus

 

Priesthood of All Believers

We affirm the priesthood of all believers. Laypersons have the same right as ordained ministers to communicate with God, interpret Scripture, and minister in Christ’s name. That is why the Convention requires strong lay involvement on its boards.

This doctrine is first and foremost a matter of responsibility and servanthood, not privilege and license.

It is of course, a perversion of this doctrine to say that all views are equally valid, that you can believe anything and still be a Baptist or that the pastor has no unique leadership role.

 

3) A Holy Nation

 

Set apart by God

 

Unified Group of Believers

 

4) A People of God

 

God’s special people protected by Him

 

Adopted in His family

 

Do you understand God’s beautiful plan?

 

After you have consider the following…

-Am I coming after Him? V. 4

-Am I measuring my life according the “Cornerstone” (Jesus)? V. 6

-Are aligning yourself to the Jesus as your Cornerstone? V. 5

-Do you understand your role as part of God’s church? V. 7

-Do you see His beautiful plan laid out for you and your church? V. 9-10

-Are you conducting your lives that points others to Christ? V. 11-12

 

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.

 

Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Romans 12:1-2; Message

 

 

 

 

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