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14
Dec
17

The People Of God

Christians are God’s people, not by lineage or ethnicity, but by mercy. Under the old covenant, the children of Israel were God’s people by their ethnic heritage. Under the new covenant in Jesus’ blood, His followers, though they are not of one race, have been made the people of God. Here’s what Peter said:

Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. – 1 Peter 2:10 (NIV)

The mercy of God was extended to the whole world through the cross of Jesus. Jesus took the punishment that we deserved upon Himself so we would be spared the wrath of God. We deserve God’s wrath, but instead He poured it out on His Son. We don’t have to suffer the consequences of our sin because Jesus did it for us. He who never sinned in any way suffered as though He was the worst of sinners. His blood that was shed on our behalf made us the people of God.
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13
Dec
17

We Are All Priests

Good Wednesday morning to you! We tend to think of ministers and priests as special people. Did you know that all followers of Jesus Christ are ministers? Every single follower of Jesus is a priest or a minister. Peter wrote:
​But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. – 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
When God calls us out of the darkness, He changes our status. He makes us priests or ministers. While we may not all preach or teach, we are all servants of God. We all have a ministry to do. We have all been made a part of God’s family and everyone in God’s family has a job. What is your job? What are you doing to serve the Lord? One of our jobs is to declare God’s praises for all that He has done in our lives. He has saved us and called us out of the darkness. He has given us a new family and a new ministry. Think about your new family and your God-given job today.
12
Dec
17

The Stumbling Stone

Peter, in talking about the Cornerstone of our faith, Jesus Christ, says that those of us who believe in Jesus find Him to be precious. Those who do not believe in Him find themselves stumbling over Him. Peter writes:

Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe,
“The stone the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”
8 and,
“A stone that causes people to stumble
and a rock that makes them fall.”
They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for. – 1 Peter 2:7-8 (NIV)

Those who love Jesus find hope, joy, peace and love in Him. We love to worship and obey Him. Those who reject Jesus end up tripping over Him on their way to destruction. One of the important things we can do as followers of Jesus is to show the world who He really is. We do this by striving to look more like Him in the way that we love, serve and forgive others in His name. When people see Jesus in us, they’ll want to follow Him too.
11
Dec
17

Fear Of What People Think About Me

The latest message from Griffith First Christian Church in Griffith, Indiana. This message is based on Matthew 1:18-25 is from the series, “Fear Not,” based on the series of the same name from Life.Church in Oklahoma.

11
Dec
17

Our Cornerstone

Peter says that Jesus is the One on whom the foundation of our faith is laid. Not only that, but Jesus is the One on whom the church is built. When Peter confessed that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, Jesus told him that His church would be built on that confession. Jesus is the Cornerstone. Peter wrote in his first letter:

 For in Scripture it says:
“See, I lay a stone in Zion,
a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in him
will never be put to shame.” – 1 Peter 2:6 (NIV)

Peter was quoting the prophet Isaiah and pointing to Jesus as the fulfillment of that prophecy. God said that He would lay this foundation for our faith and the church in Zion, or Jerusalem. It was in Jerusalem where Jesus was crucified and raised from the dead. Everything hinges upon this event. The death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ is what it all boils down to. Jesus died and rose again and this is the foundation of our faith and His church.
08
Dec
17

Living Stones

Jesus is the Cornerstone of our faith. He is the rock upon which His church is built. Peter describes Him as a “living Stone.” That’s a real contradiction in terms. How can a stone be alive? Yet, Jesus is the living Stone who was chosen by God the Father. Peter writes:

As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5 you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV)

Not only is Jesus the living Stone, but we who follow Him are like living stones. God is building us into a “spiritual house.” This house has Jesus for the Cornerstone and generation after generation of living stones are built upon one another. Let us remember that we are all in this together and Jesus is our foundation.
07
Dec
17

Craving The Word

When we are born again into Jesus Christ, we are newborn spiritual babies who need nourishment. Newborns cannot handle a hearty meal of steak and potatoes. They need milk. Peter says this is true of infant Christians. He writes:

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 3 now that you have tasted that the Lord is good. – 1 Peter 2:2-3 (NIV)

When we come to faith in Christ, we need to start off by learning the basics of doctrine through the study of God’s Word. We need people in our lives who will share with us the basic truths of the Bible so that we will mature and be able to handle more difficult tenets of the faith. Eventually, we need to get to the point when we can feed ourselves by studying the Word. Until then, we need to be fed. Once we mature, though, we need to learn to pick up a spoon and feed ourselves so that we will mature beyond infancy.



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