Part of the Storybook series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Build a house!
God has called us here to be a spiritual house, a dwelling where God lives by his Holy Spirit.
- We are no longer strangers. We have become citizens - we belong! We are meant to be here! We have rights and privileges.
- Not just citizens, but family! How close are you to your brothers and sisters?
- Not just family, but bricks in a house, built together. Joined, locked in with each other. This is the temple - not the building, but the people!
- When you build a house, there's a progression:
1. Clear the land. Clear away the rubbish that stops the foundations from being rock solid. God does that to us - prepares us for his foundations.
2. Lay foundations. Footings. A bad foundation = a bad house, one that won't last. Our foundation is Christ. Cornerstone = the stone that was the basis for building the rest of the house. Christ is our cornerstone, our foundation, and everything else we learn is built upon this. Takes time, a process, need to be strengthened, needs time to be established.
3. Lay bricks, building walls, house starts to take shape. The experiences that make us who we are, but also in the church this is how we are built in with each other. Different kinds of bricks: face bricks that present to the outside world, internal bricks; different colours, shapes and sizes. In Church, different roles but we need them all!
4. Formwork: sometimes setup scaffolding, formwork, used to shape the house, but then later on taken down once their purpose is complete. In the church, some people have left, but they helped form Langford to be the church that it is today. Part of God's design and plan. When they poured the pad, left a big hole in the pad. Why? Without the big picture, can't know why. In the same way when someone leaves, and there's a big hole, have to trust God's purpose that it's all part of His plan.
5. Roof. Covering, authority. The framework and context that we work within.
- As a church, about fulfilling purpose that we are called to be. You don't build a house for nothing - it gets put to use: live, refuge, grow, learn, work.
- Built for purpose - God has assembled us together here as living stones, building us together, teaching us, showing us how to work together.
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