Wednesday, July 15, 2009

2 Samuel 7:1-14

And so I have moved into the parsonage. I have preached two Sundays, a nursing home service and served communion. Both of the churches I serve are beautiful and take good care of their building. One building is a little fancier than the other. Some at this church seem to be more interested in controlling and maintaining the church structure than with the people of the church. This weeks lectionary reading takes us to 2 Samuel--David wants to build a temple for God to dwell in. And God instead wants to build a people with whom He can dwell. I look at these amazing church buildings around me and how the people put their identity in the building....I wonder, what it would look like if we let God be the builder once again? I have a feeling church would look different.


  1. I like your post. It made me think about what next Sunday might sound like:

    God wants to build a people to dwell in. <9 words>

    God is building a people to dwell in. <8 words>

    God builds people to dwell in. <6 words>
    Dr. Kalas would be happy.

    People build temples to house (contain) God. We can control temples, who comes in and what goes on. We can even control the color scheme. But God doesn't build temples. God builds people to dwell in. When God dwells in us, we lose the pretense of control but we can be used by God to transform the world. If God dwelt (resided) in you, how would he use you to transform the world?

    Feel free to use any part of this you want =)

  2. Thanks for the help. I came up with the cheesy title--God the Builder. LoL! I like what you say about control. We lose it when we let God build.