Living Stones Recap
Living Stones Recap
After 8 weeks in First Peter, we come to our 9th and final sermon in the Living Stones series. Together we have studied the grace of God and explored how the gospel changes our hearts before it changes our behavior. Here are some highlights from each week:
Week 1 - Living Hope
Even though we are exiles on the earth, Christians are elect, chosen and loved by God. When God saves us, he gives us a hope that is alive, and promises us an inheritance that is "imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you." This hope gives us strength to endure suffering and rejection.
Week 2 - Living Holy
Because Jesus has perfectly fulfilled all the righteousness that God requires, Christians are finally free to live holy. When our hope is set "fully on the grace that will be brought to [us] at the revelation of Jesus Christ" we cannot help but gladly love God and love each other. Christians are "ransomed from the futile ways" in which we once lived. Ultimately, holiness is what happens when we experience the scandalous love of God for us.
Week 3 - Living Stones
Jesus is the cornerstone. As Christians we have been made into living stones that rest upon Christ, our firm foundation. If the foundation of our life is built on anything but Him, our lives will fall apart like the man who built his house on the sand. Even though we are exiles and rejected by the world, "in the sight of God [we are] chosen and precious."
Week 4 - Living Free
When Christ died, we died with Him. Our sins have been removed as far as the east is from the west (rf. Ps. 103:12). Jesus himself, "bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness." Christians are free to do what will actually bring us true joy, and that is obedience to God and doing all things to his Glory. We can now submit to authority, suffer unjustly, and honor everyone because we have nothing to prove and nothing to lose.
Week 5 - Living Together
Both husbands and wives get to play the "Jesus role" in marriage. The husband lays down his life and dies for his wife. His strength and headship are given to him to protect, nurture and serve his wife, not to domineer over her. The wife is a strong helper (as one who without the battle could not be won) who lovingly submits to the husband in the same way that Christ submitted to the will of God. She is then exalted and praised for "woman is the glory of man" (rf. 1 Cor. 11:7).
For more on this, check out "The Meaning of Marriage" by Timothy & Kathy Keller.
Week 6 - Living Winsome
Jordan Davis' mother showed us a little glimpse of God's grace for sinners. Despite the murder of her son, she prays for the man who fired the gun. God's love for us is far more scandalous. We were enemies of God, deserving of hell and eternal damnation, but Jesus took all the punishment we should have received and gives us all the perfection that Christ alone possesses. More than that, he calls us heirs of the kingdom and has seated us with him in the heavenly places, to rule and reign with him in an eternal kingdom. "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous."
Week 7 - Living Stewards
Christ suffered in the flesh and we also will suffer in the flesh, but by doing so we cease from sin and take part in the joy of becoming more like Jesus. Every Christian is given a gift and now serves in the strength that God supplies, "in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ." In the same way that God has been hospitable to us in preparing rooms for us in his house (rf. John 14:2), we also get to steward God's grace to be hospitable to our neighbors and one another.
Week 8 - Living Trust
If we expect to become more like Jesus we should not be surprised when the fiery trial comes to test us. It is because God loves us that he refines us in the furnace of affliction. It is because God loves us and is jealous for our joy in Him that we must endure hardship. Suffering then becomes mercy and grace to us as we let the Holy Spirit work in our hearts until our reliance is wholly on God and Him alone.
Week 9 - Living Humble
Join us this Sunday as we conclude our series together!
If God has done a work in your life over the course of this sermon series, we would love to hear about it! Click on the link below to submit a story of God's grace in your life.