The Lord’s Construction Project Expands in 2021
Pastor Jerry Ghirardo
January 3rd, 2021
1 Peter 2:4-9
Verse of the Week
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.”
~ 1 Peter 2:5
1) In 2020, God expanded our territory. In 2021 the Lord will continue to build his Church!
- Corrie Ten Boom - "Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God."
- Mother Teresa - "What you spend hour building may be destroyed overnight, build it anyway."
- Prayer of Jabez - I Chronicles 4:10 – “Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, 'Oh, that you would bless me, and enlarge my territory.’"
- Isaiah 54:2 – “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes."
- Matthew 28:19-20 - "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
2) The Lord is building us into a "spiritual house!"
- I Peter 2:5 – “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."
- I Peter 2:9 - "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."
- I Corinthians 3:9 - "For we are God's fellow workers, you are God's field, God's building."
- Hebrews 10:24-25 - "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another - and all the more as you see the Day approaching."
3) We need to seek God's wisdom for what and how to build in the New Year!
- Psalm 127:1 - "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain."
- Proverbs 24:3 - "By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established, through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures."
- Ephesians 2:19-22 - "Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God's people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
- Matthew 7:24 – “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts then into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”
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