Home Away from Home, Part 4

Sermon Intro: Liar’s Club

Kingdom Citizens are Defined by God

1 Peter 2:4-10 (NIV2011)
4  As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 5  you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6  For in Scripture it says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” 7  Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone,” 8  and, “A stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall.” They stumble because they disobey the message—which is also what they were destined for.
9  But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Kingdom Citizens are Chosen by God
Example: Flush letter

Kingdom Citizens are a Royal Priesthood
Example: Plug in cell phone

Kingdom Citizens are a Holy Nation

Exodus 19:6 (NIV2011)
…you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.

Example: Orchestra trying to tune itself

Application: Church unity

Kingdom Citizens Belong to God
Example: Kensington Palace
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