IS GOD IN CHURCH?

Welcome Rev. Mark Dorr
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SCRIPTURE: 2 Chronicles 6:12-19
Essayist Ralph Waldo Emerson was a graduate of Harvard Divinity School which is one of the schools of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The school’s mission is to educate its students either in the academic study of religion or for leadership roles in religion. Emerson said, “Your actions speak so loudly that I cannot hear what you say!” Your action of being in attendance at church says more than any words can express.

Jesus certainly found the disciplines of organized religion a necessity as they were the foundation for the learning and teaching among all people. At the time, in spite of his criticism of the religious establishment, he never suggested that he had come to earth to dismantle the synagogues and have the people seek God elsewhere. In fact, Jesus was critical of how the scribes and Pharisees loved to make a show of how religious they were with extra-long tassels on their prayer shawls. Jesus concluded by making the point that all people are equal and only God has the right to anyone’s absolute respect.

While in his father’s house, we learn in Luke 2:52 that Jesus “Grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.” God’s house can also mean the heavenly home. As we are in God’s house today, let us witness his grace in our lives. Too often, we assume that living a life in communion with God, is easy and natural. As we sit in God’s house today, we realize that living in communion with God is challenging and we must work at living according to God’s rules. Sometimes when we are working hard at developing our faith, we feel that no one notices. God notices and he knows when you are sitting in his house.

Psalm 147:5, “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” God appreciates our hard work. He knows that we are trying to increase our faith and live better lives.

Tim Notke was the high school basketball coach who said, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” NBA superstar Kevin Durant said that this quote helped him achieve his goals.

Some people might know more scripture and be able to tell great Bible stories but don’t have a strong faith or desire to be obedient to God. We need to work hard to follow God’s word because in Hebrews it says that we will be exposed and must give account of the choices that we make in our lives. God told David that only Christ can build His house and that he does not want a house of cedar. He wants a house built by Christ coming and building Himself into each of our lives.

If you have not built your spiritual house here on earth, a heavenly home will not be there for you. Your eternal destiny is determined by the truth of God. Your relationship to the truth will determine where you will spend all eternity. We learn the truth in God’s house. Let God direct the path that you choose and let Him help you build your spiritual house. Your eternal future depends on it!