Yesterday was our Buildind Dedication Day and Offical Opening Service at our church. We had some extra music and Scripture reading during the service. It was an honour to have the mayor of our city, Councillor Gerard Diver, and his wife with us to help say a few words. He is a very kind and gracious man, and it was great of him to make the time to be with us. Watch for photographs in the Derry Journal and the Londonderry Sentinel.
The message notes you can find below sum up the whole though of the day. 28 people were in attendance in the morning service. We are going to have to get some more chairs. A church is giving us some benches for our Sunday school class rooms, but we are running out of seating, so praise the Lord!
Building Dedication Day
2 Chronicles 1-7
Our relationship with God should not be dependent on the building. (1:6)
- The ark of God was in a tent. (1:4)
- Solomon and the congregation sought unto it. (1:5)
- Solomon offered 1000 burnt offerings. (1:6)
- God appeared to Solomon and talked with him. (1:7-12)
The purpose of the temple was to exalt the name of the Lord and to extend the kingdom of the Lord. (2:1)
- Solomon built a temple as a place where people would come to worship. (2:1-2)
- The temple was to be dedicated to the Lord. (2:4)
- The temple was to be great because great is our God above all gods. (2:5)
- No building can contain the infinite God. (2:6)
A church building should be special because it is a place to meet God. (5:1-10)
- God no longer lives in temples made of hands. (Acts 7:48, 17:24)
- Those who are saved are called the temple of the Holy Ghost and God dwells in them. (1 Cor. 6:19)
- But God has promised where two or three are gathered in His Name that He will be in the midst. (Mt. 18:20)
- A church building should be a place where we draw closer to God, where we worship God, where we hear the Word of God preached, and where God speaks to us through.
We should desire that God’s glory fill our lives, our homes, and the places where we meet. (5:13-14)
- The glory of the Lord filled the Temple. (5:14)
- We should want God’s glory to fill our lives and our church buildings.
We should praise and thank the Lord, first and foremost, for giving us this building to meet in. (6:1-4)
We should desire that this building be a place where…
- The Word of God is in a prominent position. (5:10)
- Sinners will repent and find forgiveness. (6:24-25)
- Strangers will come and worship God. (6:32)
- We train and send people out so that “all people of the earth may know [God’s] name.” (6:33)
- People pray and God hears. (6:40)
- The fire comes down. (7:1-2)
- Many sacrifices are made to God. (7:4-5)
- Solomon sacrificed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep.
- We no longer sacrifice sheep and oxen, we bring:
- Ourselves as a living sacrifice. (Rom 12:1)
- Our service to others. (Phil 2:17
- Sacrifice of praise. (Heb 13:15)
- Christians serve God. (7:6)