…The Most High does not dwell in houses made by hands… – Acts 7:48
When you think about “church” what comes to mind? Many people think about the building; a place where songs are sung, a preacher preaches, maybe a place where weddings are performed. The disciples were quite impressed with the Temple in their day. Many churches are small and seemingly unimportant, many churches in America are huge, and some we call “mega”…
In Mark 13 it’s recorded:
As he was leaving the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher! What massive stones! What magnificent buildings!”
“Do you see all these great buildings?” replied Jesus. “Not one stone here will be left on another; every one will be thrown down.” (V 1-2)
Every church, big or small, massive or not, may well end up with not one stone on top of another. God may not be so concerned about buildings as we are. He is not necessarily as impressed with our pedigree, status, or building, as we are. Look at the disciples and the early church; The Pharisees and Sadducees looked with disdain at the unlearned disciples. The early church was basically homeless (by today’s standard), like their Lord, meeting wherever they could.
Peter writes: Living Stones for God’s House
…You are living stones that God is building into his spiritual temple… -1 Peter
Here Peter is using a building as an analogy. God is not building a “Brick and Mortar” church, He has a different building material in mind. Peter is saying YOU are the stone God is building a house from…”living stone”… Not a temple made of brick and mortar, but a “spiritual temple”.
After we gather we are called to go, to leave the building and go out into the world in peace, to strengthen others, to help them along their way, because we are the church, not the building we meet in.