08.30.15 THE CHURCH AS THE TEMPLE OF GOD

Ephesians 2:18-22

  • the individual is a temple of God
  • the church is a temple of God
  • as an individual, your actions should be Christlike and you should respect your physical body as The Holy Spirit resides in your physical one
  • temple is the dwelling place of God
  • Do we have to be a part of a church?
  • the church allows for a community (there are things you can do as a group that you cannot do as an individual)
    • provides a specific environment for worship
  • The Church is necessary for our Christian faith.

PURPOSES OF A TEMPLE

  1. place where God dwells with his people
  2. place where God fellowships with his people
  3. place where God is worshiped by His people
  4. place where God teaches His people
  5. place where God forgives His people
  • Old Testament is like a babysitter (offers temporary care but never solved the problem of sin)
  • New Testament with Jesus is like a parent
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