Families/Individuals with No Young Children

Families/Individuals with no young children, please follow this devotional by Pastor Russ Fairbanks:

1 Peter 2:4-10 (NASB)

4 And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, 5 you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.  6 For this is contained in Scripture: "BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED." 7 This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve, "THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED, THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER stone," 8 and, "A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE"; for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed. 9 But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; 10 for you once were NOT A PEOPLE, but now you are THE PEOPLE OF GOD; you had NOT RECEIVED MERCY, but now you have RECEIVED MERCY.

Peter provides a vivid description of who we are as the body of Christ. God is building His church and everyone of us is a "living stone" used to be the working center of Christ's mission in the world. Peter is clear that Jesus is not part of what we do, but everything that is built, is built around the cornerstone - Jesus Christ! Jesus was rejected by his own people, because they weren't obedient to the Word enough to see that Jesus is truly the Messiah. They stumbled over the cornerstone However, those who believe in Jesus Christ are now this chosen race and truly the people of God.

The Speer Family (gospel music) used to sing the song, "Cornerstone" - Here are the lyrics:

Jesus is the Cornerstone

Came for sinners to atone

Though rejected by His own

He became the Cornerstone

Jesus is the Cornerstone

When I am by sin oppressed

On the stone I am at rest

Where the seeds of truth are sown

He remains my Cornerstone

Jesus is my Cornerstone

Rock of ages

So secure

For all time it shall endure

Til His children reach their home

He remains the Cornerstone

Til the breaking of the dawn

Til all footsteps cease to roam

Ever let this truth be known

Jesus is the Cornerstone

Jesus. Is. The. Cornerstone!

Let be ever mindful that, in all of our labor, He is the very center of the church. In all of our trials, He is our power, our reason, our leader, our hope, our mission, our provider, our sanctifier, our peace - He is the Rock on which we stand. Jesus is the Cornerstone!