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Mini Sermon Series: A Stone

My name is Christina Farris I am coming live from
turtle30cshell’s home. To present the Gospel of Christ to
you. Let us begin our sermon title a Stone.

What is a stone it is solid object and can be used if it is the
right size as part of the building blocks of  a house or
building. Scripture often speaks of Jesus being the chief
cornerstone. The first block that is laid in the foundation
of the church. The foundation of a church must be built on
God, otherwise the foundation is not going to be solid. A
good understanding of scripture is needed for the building
blocks to be laid upon. Without a base that is solid when
the earth moves the structure will shift and become
unstable.

A good example of this is a friend of mine has a bench
sitting out in his yard. I was sitting in a chair and had
gotten up to shift the chair against the stool so that the
leaning of the chair would be a little less likely to break. It
would have something little more solid behind it. However
the stool was not on a solid foundation. The legs had
looked as if they were partially buried in the ground but it
was not. And as I sat down in the chair and put my back
against the back part of the chair the chair began to fall on
the uneven ground, knocking the stool over. However my
feet were solidly planted on the ground and they kept me
from falling to the ground. It is much better to make sure
that where you place an outdoor chair is pretty solid, like a
sidewalk or a porch, and not on uneven ground  because a
shifting of the chair can cause it to topple over or to
break, which in my case I broke the arm of the chair in the
process of trying not to fall.

So many people are walking on uneven ground. They are
like the shifting of the weather, or the changing of climate.
They are like the sea or the ocean with the tossing of the
waves around them. People pulled in all directions and all
direction having sinking sand around them. One must
have a solid foundation or the waves of the sea or the
people around them will cause a  person to sink. In all
truth the world will try their best to knock you down and
not encourage you. The world cares little about what
happens to a person. Yes the world does many do good
deeds, however the world attitude is what can I do to get
ahead. Not what can I do to build someone else up. Unless
you have a solid foundation you can not and will not stand
with the changing tide.

It is like the fashion world you get on the wave and you
continue to role and change with each tide. Knocking over
and getting rid of the last fashion trend as quickly as it
comes in. Many of us like the latest trends but never do
we always buy what we like to keep within a budget. Better
to have a solid base then a base without structure. Our
government has a foundation of money, that begins to
hold during the hard years, but if so many years go by and
we continue to loose from disasters, we to will not stand,
unless we find a way to keep that foundation of income.
Our nation is solid yes, and wealthy. We are all proud of
our wealthy nation. Of a nation of prosperity. Yet when
hardship comes will we be as proud of our nation of
wealth. No, like so many already do now they grumble and
complain. I am not exception to the rule. Leaders hear our
cry, they wonder how to fix the problems. The first thing
to do is reestablish in the hearts and minds about the
basic freedoms of our country. That our country was built
on “In God we trust” and not money. Our country was
built by who, not the redcoats, but strong leaders with a
purpose. Some not of great wealth and other gain wealth
with politics, becoming plantation owners as well as
business men. Yet all with a firm foundation in God.
Though our nation can not force anyone to believe in God
the ground work of why our nation is so great must be
refreshed and reminded in our hearts and minds.

Today lesson comes from:

John 1:35-42 KJV
(35)  Again the next day after John stood, and two of his
disciples;
(36)  And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith,
Behold the Lamb of God!
(37)  And the two disciples heard him speak, and they
followed Jesus.
(38)  Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and
saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi,
(which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest
thou?
(39)  He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and
saw where he dwelt, and abode with him that day: for it
was about the tenth hour.
(40)  One of the two which heard John speak, and followed
him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
(41)  He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto
him, We have found the Messias, which is, being
interpreted, the Christ.
(42)  And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld
him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt
be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A stone.

The first thing one must do is decide if they want to be as  
Jesus told Peter He would be and that is a stone. Jesus
being the chief corner stone.

1 Peter 2:6 KJV
(6)  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold,
I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he
that believeth on him shall not be confounded.

Jesus was from the beginning, He is the Alpha and the
Omega, the beginning and the end. God’s Word created
the heavens and the earth, The word is the foundation in
which Christians need to build on, and not the emotional
roller coaster of the world.

John 1:10-15 KJV
(10)  He was in the world, and the world was made by him,
and the world knew him not.
(11)  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
(12)  But as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on
his name:
(13)  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the
flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
(14)  And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
(and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten
of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
(15)  John bare witness of him, and cried, saying, This was
he of whom I spake, He that cometh after me is preferred
before me: for he was before me.

The Word of God is solid, because it is the cornerstone.
The foundation  begins first with a belief in God. Though
Jesus is the Word of God the foundation in which the first
cornerstone is laid upon is God . The cornerstone being
Christ. The Spirit of God is the builder of the blocks that
are to come. He begins the work on each believer has they
first believe till the day of their death preparing them to be
a solid block for Jesus. All blocks made and created in the
pattern after Christ. Peter would be a stone.

Ephesians 2:19-22 KJV
(19)  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and
foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the
household of God;
(20)  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and
prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner
stone;
(21)  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth
unto an holy temple in the Lord:
(22)  In whom ye also are builded together for an
habitation of God through the Spirit.

There are many stones and each stone is often following
in the pattern of other stones, but it is time we realize that
other stones might have cracks and crevices that we do
not need and that why we pattern after Christ. Our
teachers and our leaders come with human frailties,
however we learn from them of who Christ is with
confirmation in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Yet our faith
must be in the chief cornerstone and the foundation in
which we stand upon and the builder who is the Spirit of
God. The decisions is yours to make, do you believe in
God and His Word, the Son of God. If so allow the Holy
Spirit to guide and to build you up in faith in God the
Father and in His Son. Remembering our leaders are
human and though they to might be built on the principals
of Christ they do have human frailties for they are not the
Christ the Son of the living God.
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