Oct 21 PM – Church

October 21, 2007

It’s a Building (2)

In concluding our series on the church, I want to return to what I think of as the foundational metaphor for the church in the Bible. ‘It’s a Building’ – this is the second message by the same name from essentially the same passage. As a building, the church requires organization. This implies efficiency and also sufficiency – the organization of the church should allow it to function efficiently and should also be sufficient to the task at hand in the ministry of each local church. How do we measure up?

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Oct 14 PM – Church

October 14, 2007

It’s a Temple

The Lord’s building … body … flock … is described by another Biblical metaphor, the grandest of them all: it’s a Temple. It does seem that little attention is paid to this today, but the church is truly the Lord’s temple. As such, it is intended to be a holy dwelling place for the Holy God. What implications for church life does this concept have? What implications for church behaviour and function? What implications for church purity?

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