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Purpose of Salvation

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The church is called to praise and glorify God, to establish Jesus Christ’s kingdom, and to proclaim the gospel throughout the world.

Introduction
Written by Peter
And you are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple. What’s more, you are his holy priests.[a] Through the mediation of Jesus Christ, you offer spiritual sacrifices that please God. As the Scriptures say,
en by Peter
A.D. 64-67
“I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem,[b] chosen for great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”[c]
Yes, you who trust him recognize the honor God has given him.[d] But for those who reject him,
Possibly from Rome
Addressed to the believers of Pontus , Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bythinia
“The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone.”[e]
And,
Jews or Gentiles
“He is the stone that makes people stumble, the rock that makes them fall.”[f]
Experiencing Persecution
They stumble because they do not obey God’s word, and so they meet the fate that was planned for them.
General slander because of their separated way of living.
But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests,[g] a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.
Persecution under Nero
Blamed for the fire in Rome
10 “Once you had no identity as a people; now you are God’s people. Once you received no mercy; now you have received God’s mercy.”[h]
Christians believe to be a Sect of Judaism until then when it became an illicit religion
Christians became outlaws instantaneously.
The Letters of James and Peter The Circumstances behind the Letter

Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burned, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired

The Nature of the Church
Relational ()
Living Stones Built into his Temple
In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling place for God.
For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building.
Individual Christians find their true place only when they are built into the structure
C. E. B. Cranfield writes, “The free-lance Christian, who would be a Christian but is too superior to belong to the visible Church upon earth in one of its forms, is simply a contradiction in terms.”
Holy Priesthood
One who has access to God
Only High Priest could enter the Holy of Holies
Through Christ everyone has access
Brings others to God
Pontifex Latin for bridge-builder
Share the savior who we have found and now love
Bring Offerings to God
Present our bodies as living sacrifices ( )
Bring continues offering
Speak of God’s excellencies
Witness to other the mighty acts of God
You are witnesses of these things.
Remember what God has done for us (last weeks message)
Living a life worthy of him (Actions over words)
The Glory of the Church ( )
Called out of darkness into light
We have come to know God.
No more stumbling around in the dark
We know goodness
We found the way, no longer a aimless
We know the power (to serve Him)
Made His People
Called out of insignificance into significance
Greatness lies not in the self but in an individual is given to do
Chosen to be His people and do his work in the world.
Called out of no mercy into mercy
Non-Christian religion is the fear of God
Christians discover the love of God and do not need to fear Him
Loving Father
Comforter
Savior
Redeemer
The Function of the Church
Allusions
Church is recipient of the promises made to Israel, the new Israel
Chosen people
Special relationship with God
Dependent of the people accepting the conditions of the covenant
Christians are chosen for three things
Privilege
New and intimate relationship with God is offered
Obedience
Privilege brings with it responsibility
Chosen to be obedient children of God
Not our will but God’s will
Service
Our honor is that we are servants of the most high
Royal Priesthood
Right of access to God
We must offer our work
Offer worship
Offer ourselves
Holy Nation
Hagios means different.
Chosen to be different from other people
Follow the standards of God not the world
People for God to possess
Values lies not in the object but who possessed it
Ordinary items (clothes, walking stick, pen, pieces of furniture) increase in value
Christians, although ordinary, acquire new value because they belong to God
Conclusion
Reminder of who we are as a church
No lone Christians
Our responsibility
Are you living the as part of the Holy nation of God.
It is time to remember what God has dome for us, speak of His goodness and be those bridge-builders between God and those who do not know him.
Let our light shine (this little light of mine)
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