Believers, The Living Stones – 09FEB20

 

  • The Foundation upon which we rebuild or repair the Walls
    • The Cornerstone, Jesus Christ, 1 Peter 2:7-8
    • The Foundations, Apostles and Prophets, Ephesians 2:20
      • The Gospel revealed (mystery), Ephesians 3:5

 

  • Building upon the Foundation with Living Stones
    • Believers like Living Stones, 1 Peter 2:4-5
      • Righteous, Faithful Ones
        • No ordinary stone wall

 

  • The Walls are first and foremost to protect the hearts of the people (from a word received 05/25/19)
    • Vigilance for the Heart, Proverbs 4:23

 

  • The Walls are salvations (from a word received 01/03/20)
    • Salvation à being made a Living Stone
    • Stones à joined together à a Wall
    • Salvations are additions of Stones to the Walls
      • Building up
      • God provides the Stones
        • We assist in building them up

 

  • Purposes of Walls (in the natural)
    • Establish Boundaries
    • Provide Security
    • Defense from Attacks
    • Prevent Infiltration
    • Separation
    • Support (structural)
    • Restraint or Enclosure
    • Sense of Safety

 

  • The Living Stones being joined together
  • Being built into the Holy Temple
    • 1 Corinthians 6:19
    • Ephesians 2:21

 

  • Cornerstone: Christ Jesus
  • Foundation: Apostles and Prophets
  • Living Stone: Believer; Holiness
    • Living Stones = Wall: Body of Christ
  • Plumb Line: Righteousness
  • Level Line: Justice
  • Mortar: Love

 

  • Holiness
    • Consecrate yourselves and be holy
      • 1 Peter 1:13-16; Leviticus 11:44
    • Set apart unto God
      • 1 Peter 2:9
    • Holiness is necessary to see the Lord
      • Hebrews 12:14; Matthew 5:48
    • Cleanse yourself
      • 2 Corinthians 7:1 – perfecting holiness
    • Be transformed (the mind, by the Word)
      • Romans 12:2; Ephesians 4:23
    • Sacrifice (living)
      • Romans 12:1
    • Purify yourself (obedience)
      • 1 Peter 1:22; 1 John 3:3
    • Through sanctification, grow in exhibiting holiness
      • Psalms 23:4-5; Micah 6:8; 1 Corinthians 6:11
      • Clean hands: behavior
      • Pure hearts: ethics and morals
      • Faithfulness to God: no idolatry
      • Truthfulness: purity of heart and tongue
      • Justice: loving one another
      • Kindness: exhibiting love for one another
      • Humility with God: recognizing God’s divinity; reverence
    • Becoming like Christ in the practice of holiness
      • 1 John 3:2-3; Ephesians 4:24
    • Have a contrite and humble spirit
      • Isaiah 57:15
    • Resting on righteousness and truth
      • Psalm 15
    • Build yourselves up in faith
      • Jude 1:20
    • Do good works
      • James 2:24; Titus 3:1-11
    • Yield yourselves to God
      • Romans 6:12-13; Ephesians 4:22-32
    • Study Scripture
      • 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Timothy 3:16
    • Grow in the fruit of the Spirit
      • Galatians 5:22-23

 

  • Path to Holiness
    • God …
      • Justifies
      • Sanctifies
      • Redeems
      • Forgives
      • Restores
    • We have a role …
      • Humble ourselves
      • Participate in our:
        • Purification
        • Consecration
        • Maturation
      • Being contrite
        • Remorseful
        • Penitent
      • Renewing the mind
      • Resting in God
      • Doing good

 

  • All goes back to Christ
    • Cornerstone: Christ
    • Foundation: Apostles and Prophets à preaching and teaching the Gospel and the Word à Christ
    • Living Stones: Body of Christ à Christ
    • Mortar: Love à God is Love à Christ
    • Temple: Dwelling place of God à Christ
    • Ministry: Love: God is love à Christ
    • Walls: Unified in Love à Christ
  • 1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
  • Romans 11:35 “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”

 

  • I am his thrice over:
    • He created me – I am His
    • He redeemed me – I am His
    • I surrendered to Him – I am His
  • The Body of Christ

 

  • 1 John 4:7-8 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.”

 

  • The Lofty Goals
    • To Love Perfectly
    • Perfect Obedience in Love

 

  • The Gates
    • Setting the Atmosphere
  • The Walls
    • Building the Ministry on the Foundation – Christ
    • Building up the Body of Christ

 

  • The Kingdom of God is overtaking the Church Age
  • Come out of Laodicea into Ephesians