The temple in the Old Testament was where God's presence dwelled (at least in part). It was a sign of His covenant relationship with Israel, His chosen people. He had promised that He would be among them. That temple was destroyed by the Roman army in 70 A.D. Does that mean we are left without God's presence today? The New Testament teaches that God dwells within both the church collectively and the individual Christian. The question is, exactly HOW does God's Holy Spirit dwell within us? Is it literally within our bodies in a physical sense? Or, is it only in a representative and figurative sense through His Word? We will examine this important and often confusing topic as we finish up our Sunday morning series with Part Nine of "The Sweet Sixteens: Temple of the Holy Spirit (1st Cor. 3:16)." Sunday evening we will be studying the "City of Refuge (Numbers 35:9-15)." Under the Law of Moses, God provided a place of safety for those running from danger. He has provided a place of eternal safety for us today in Christ and His church. We will try to understand the symbolism of those cities in the Promised Land and how they form a picture of our eternal place of refuge--heaven. Elder Don Peters is winding down the Gospel of Luke class and I will be discussing infant baptism with the teens. Hope to see you there!
In His service,
Rob Lester <9)))><