A sermon by Michael Pahl on September 29, 2019, called “The Church is Like a Temple,” reflecting on 1 Peter 2:4-10 and Ephesians 2:17-22. This is the fourth in a five-part series called “Together we are a Church.”
Here is a written excerpt from the introduction:
Where do we meet with God?
Where do we experience our Creator? Where do we connect with the Being that underlies all being, the creative Life that animates all life, the One “in whom we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28)? Where do we rest and rejoice in the Love that propels us forward into greater goodness and truth and beauty, into greater justice and peace?
In other words, what are our temples?
The Apostle Paul, in his speech to the academics of Athens in Acts 17, asserts that “the God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands” (Acts 17:24). Paul here is simply echoing the words of the Prophets, like Isaiah in Isaiah 66:
Thus says the Lord:
Heaven is my throne
and the earth is my footstool;
what is the house that you would build for me,
and what is my resting place? (Isa 66:1)
There is nothing we can ourselves build that can properly “house” the God who is Being itself, who is Life itself, who is Love itself, the One “from whom and through whom and to whom are all things” (Rom 11:36; cf. 1 Cor 8:6).
So, where do we meet with God? What are our temples?