Today you should read: 2 Chronicles 2
I have to admit. Reading 2 Chronicles 2 gets me all excited when thinking about Center Point Church West Campus’ future building after setting up and tearing down in an elementary school for almost 7 years. As our East Campus knows from the move to their new building a few years ago, it’s a lot of work to get that building ready and even more for God’s temple as you see the manpower it took here in chapter 2. However, one part that sticks out to me in this chapter are verses 5-7.
Solomon mentions that this temple will be great, but only because God is great. And that is important and laborious and specific that this preparation would be, it’s not sufficient to a certain extent because God is God and a temple can’t contain the God of all the earth and heavens. But in the end, they will build this temple for the Lord because it’ll be a place where they can make offerings to Him and be with Him.
Now, in no way do I want to compare our church buildings to the temple, knowing what Jesus brought us in the New Covenant and abolishing the need for the temple and sacrifices, BUT I do think it’s important that we still view our corporate worship in the same way as Solomon in verses 5-7. It’s by God’s grace that we have great buildings but God is greater. Like we are experiencing right now online, God goes beyond those meetings. This doesn’t mean that we continue to do church like this or does it give anyone an excuse to treat corporate worship so apathetically. The church is the people and the people are given clear scriptural commands to meet together in unified mission and edification weekly. But God goes beyond those meetings for international missionaries planting a church in the 10/40 window. God goes beyond those buildings when a Christian is surrounded by unbelievers on active duty in the military. But when God calls you to build a building, He will also send the people as verse 7 shows. And not just for the construction side but spiritually.
I was reminded of this during the 3 months before this pandemic forced us to do online church, as God started really blessing and sending people to West Campus. As God provided for His people during this time, He will provide for us right now.
By: Erik Koliser — West Campus Pastor
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