In my reading last night in 1 Peter, I came to the second chapter, where Peter describes believers as “…living stones…” In light of the ongoing isolation foisted upon us by our Governor here in North Carolina and the way that many churches have gone online to teach and worship, this really seemed to speak to me. It’s always been my belief that the building is not the church; those who gather there (or not) are the church. Some time ago, I had shared this with someone who had been skipping coming to church services and used the analogy of how he was one brick in the building of the church. Picture everyone coming together as bricks gathering to create a structure; each that does not arrive will leave an empty space making the structure incomplete.
Peter goes on to compare/contrast those in Christ with those apart from Jesus, that those who now refuse Him will stumble and fall while we who are in Christ can declare God’s goodness and light.
"9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light…"
1 Peter 2:9 KJV (emphasis added)
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