Further up and further in: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25, 1 Corinthians 2, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17, Romans 9-11
1 Peter 2:7-8 – So honor will come to you who believe; but for the unbelieving, The stone the builders rejected – this one has become the cornerstone; and a stone to stumble over. They stumble because they disobey the message; they were destined for this.
Lord God, keep me from this. You’re the only one who can. I look back at the history of people who believed on you and so many of them turned from you and stumbled all over you. The Jewish leaders in your day – they had the Bible, they had the prophets, but they stumbled all over you. I see it in the Scriptures again and again. Keep me from this. I’m in your Word regularly. I’m in church regularly. Keep me from stumbling over you. Keep me from a Christless Christianity, a Christianity that shows up for church but doesn’t really believe. By your Spirit, help me to build my faith on you so that I am not one of those who stands outside of heaving, wanting to be let in, but turned aside because you don’t know more. Lord God, build me into your church and build my faith on your Son. Keep me always believing in your Son so that I do not stumble on him, but instead always believe in him.