Part of the Storybook series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Build a house!
God has called us here to be a spiritual house, a dwelling where God lives by his Holy Spirit.
- We are no longer strangers. We have become citizens - we belong! We are meant to be here! We have rights and privileges.
- Not just citizens, but family! How close are you to your brothers and sisters?
- Not just family, but bricks in a house, built together. Joined, locked in with each other. This is the temple - not the building, but the people!
- When you build a house, there's a progression:
1. Clear the land. Clear away the rubbish that stops the foundations from being rock solid. God does that to us - prepares us for his foundations.
2. Lay foundations. Footings. A bad foundation = a bad house, one that won't last. Our foundation is Christ. Cornerstone = the stone that was the basis for building the rest of the house. Christ is our cornerstone, our foundation, and everything else we learn is built upon this. Takes time, a process, need to be strengthened, needs time to be established.
3. Lay bricks, building walls, house starts to take shape. The experiences that make us who we are, but also in the church this is how we are built in with each other. Different kinds of bricks: face bricks that present to the outside world, internal bricks; different colours, shapes and sizes. In Church, different roles but we need them all!
4. Formwork: sometimes setup scaffolding, formwork, used to shape the house, but then later on taken down once their purpose is complete. In the church, some people have left, but they helped form Langford to be the church that it is today. Part of God's design and plan. When they poured the pad, left a big hole in the pad. Why? Without the big picture, can't know why. In the same way when someone leaves, and there's a big hole, have to trust God's purpose that it's all part of His plan.
5. Roof. Covering, authority. The framework and context that we work within.
- As a church, about fulfilling purpose that we are called to be. You don't build a house for nothing - it gets put to use: live, refuge, grow, learn, work.
- Built for purpose - God has assembled us together here as living stones, building us together, teaching us, showing us how to work together.
|« Ps Clinton Phillips 24th December 2014 Christmas Eve||None||Skye Burcham 04th Jan 2015 »|
19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, 21 in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. 22 In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (ESV)
1 Peter 2:4-5
4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. (ESV)