In recent conversations and in past encounters around the world, the question has been raised as to whether it is necessary to have a church building in order to have the expression of the Church any given place. Our answer is NO! Instead of taking what we say as the answer, let’s go to the Bible to discover what it says.
We begin with the words of Jesus; ““We heard him say, ‘I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and in three days I will build another, not made with hands”” (Mark 14:58). The Jews put a lot of emphasis on the building itself, while Jesus was going to form a new temple through His body, the Church.
We must also remember that the church is made up of individual believers, or “living stones” as Peter refers to those who make up the church (1 Peter 2:5). “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?...For God’s temple is holy, and you are that temple” (1 Corinthians 3:16–17).
These verses refer to the members of the Church. Tomorrow we will look at other Scriptures that point to the Church as a collection of believers “built together” into somewhere God can dwell. That is not a building. It is the living body of Christ wherever they are.
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