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Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Corner Stone
July 1, 2018

Certain Hope in an Uncertain World: Corner Stone

Speaker: Chris Kellam | Series: Certain Hope in an Uncertain World

This is our second week of our summer sermon series Certain Hope in an Uncertain World. When circumstances are overwhelming and we are tempted to dwell in hopelessness, we begin to question our own worth and purpose. We wonder who and what we can rely on, and search for a solid foundation for strength. Will we find hope in the answers and promises God gives us to these questions, or will we turn to other voices and solutions that always fail us? In his letter, Peter encourages persecuted, confused, and broken people with the living and everlasting hope that is found in Jesus alone. As you read these verses, be likewise encouraged with the truths about how God has changed our lives and given us a sure foundation no matter what we encounter. 1 Peter 2:4-10: As you come to him, the living Stone—rejected by humans but chosen by God and precious to him— 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. 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.” 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,” 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. 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. 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. (NIV)

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