sermonette: The Dynamic Character of the Church
Martin G. Collins
Given 12-Apr-04; Sermon #661As; 14 minutes
In this offertory message, Martin Collins focuses upon the metaphorical significance of Christ as the Corner stone and the called- out First Fruits as "living stones" in a building or temple. Christianity is a community; we find our identity only when we are built into this living structure. Independent bricks or stones will never reach their full potential. One of our functions in this structure will be as a royal priest- a bridge-builder- serving as a go between mankind and God. As a priest, we are obligated to give sacrifices of our time, treasure, and our very lives through our reasonable service- to God's church and to mankind in general. As a church community, we must serve as a witness to the world, demonstrating what Christ- in- us can accomplish.
Christ as corner stone Independent Christians living sacrifice Living stones Offerings Responsibilities of priests Stone analogy Unity of Christian community
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