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Archive for July 19th, 2015

Pretty-Church

Purpose: In this series will see three analogies that God’s Word use to describe the importance of the Church with today specifically being that God sees the Church as His Building, that is, the Temple so that we too will see the importance of Church in our life.

God sees the church as the Building of God, the Temple

  1. Proof
    1. The Jews believe in the importance of the Temple in Jerusalem for their faith and piety with God. It was the center of their religious life.
    2. Yet Jesus taught that “an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father” (John 4:21)
      1. Christians don’t need to go to Jerusalem and rebuild a Temple there to Worship God.
      2. But that does not take away the concept of the church is one sense a temple as we shall see below.
    3. Ephesians 2:19-22= “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [p]saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy [q]temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
      1. Church here (Jews and Gentiles) are described in verse 19 as being part of “God’s household” (19)
      2. Notice the cornerstone is Christ in verse 20.
      3. Then the foundation upon Christ is “apostles and prophets” (20)
      4. Church members are then described as part of the building (21)
      5. That building is “a holy [q]temple in the Lord” (21)
      6. That is because believers “together” experiences the “dwelling of God in the Spirit” (22)
    4. Church members are part of living stones and not dead (1 Peter 2:5)
    5. Christians are all involved with the “building up” of the Church according to 1 Corinthians 3:9-15.
      1. What is built upon it will be tested by the Lord one day (12-15)
      2. This should lead believers to be careful with how they build as 12 warns us.
  1. Picture: The Jews would fight all out in defense of their Temple from invaders. Do we see the importance of the Church like that given it’s motif as a Temple?
  2. Practice
    1. Like how the Jews saw the Temple as important in following God, do you see the importance of the Church when you follow Christ?
    2. Sometimes people struggle with being a part of something that is of significance that is greater than themselves: They join the military, etc.  If you are a Christian saved by Jesus Christ do you realize you are in an organization that is eternally significant for God and humanity?
    3. Look again at Ephesian 2:22: is the Spirit residing in your life? How about as a church?
    4. How are you building the church? Will your input last for eternity?  Or will Christ have to remove your contribution?
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