Building on the Cornerstone

Rob Green March 11, 2018 1 Peter 2:4-25, Luke 20:17

1 Corinthians 3:10-15 - According to the grace of God which was given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building on it. But each man must be careful how he builds on it. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. If any man’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.

  • Jesus = Foundation; We = Builder; Our works = Structure
  • Jesus = Cornerstone; God = Builder; We = Structure

 3 blessings of building on the Cornerstone

I. Because Christ is the Cornerstone Those Who Trust Him Enjoy Incredible Benefits (2:4-8)

A. Those who trust in Christ are united with Christ (2:4-5)

B. Those who trust in Christ will not be disappointed (2:6)

Romans 8:37-39 - But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Revelation 21:4 - …and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.

C. Those who reject Christ will stumble (2:7-8)

2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 - For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed — for our testimony to you was believed.

II. Because Christ is the Cornerstone We Have a New Identity (2:9a-10)

A. A chosen race

B. A royal priesthood

C. A holy nation

D. A people for God’s own possession

E. The people of God

F. The ones who have received mercy

III. Because Christ is the Cornerstone We Have a Worthwhile Purpose of Declaring His Praises (2:9b, 11-25)

A. Living thoughtfully and kindly among unbelievers (vv. 11-12)

B. Properly submitting to our authorities (vv. 13-17)

C. Suffering only for just causes (vv. 18-20)

D. Following the example of Christ (vv. 21-25)


Rob Green

B.S. - Engineering Physics, Ohio State University
M.Div. - Baptist Bible Seminary
Ph.D. - New Testament, Baptist Bible Seminary

Pastor Rob Green and his wife, Stephanie, joined the Faith staff in August, 2005.  Rob’s responsibilities include oversight of the Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry and teaching New Testament at the Faith Bible Seminary. He serves on the council board of the Biblical Counseling Coalition and as a fellow at the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors.

Read Rob Green's Journey to Faith for the full account of how the Lord led Pastor Green to Faith Church.