Posted: October 12, 2015 by J. Mike Condreay, Drummer
The steel is being erected! Can I get a whoop-whoop? If Yes our new building is coming, but I want to challenge you with this question:
What does a new church building actually mean?
I think that for each of us having a church building takes on many different meanings, but I want to share with you what it means to me.
Previously I blogged about the foundation, and how getting the foundation right and maintaining it through confession, repentance, scripture, prayer, fasting, and worship will allow you withstand the storm. But what if you could fight the storm?
Some of my cherished memories were centered around the Higgins Armory Museum. Before is closed last year it was the only museum in the western hemisphere dedicated to arms and armor. As a student of history, I loved this place. I loved wearing the different armor pieces, and studying how they were made, why they were used, and what the defended against.
We are not left undefended on our faith. In fact, Paul tells us about a different form of armor in Ephesians 6:10-17
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
Man that makes me excited. Through the grace of God, and the sacrifice of Christ I can go through life armed, ready to fight the good fight. Let me hear your battle CRY!!!
But that still doesn’t answer the question about why a building is important to me.
You use steel to sharpen steel, and one friend sharpens another. – Proverbs 27:17
And there it is. You see for me the church building is the ultimate symbol for me for this Proverb. When the armor was broken, the knight would take it to the smithy and get it repaired. His blade would be sharpened and the battle cress would be made anew, refreshed, resplendent for it’s next use.
Each of you in your relationship with me, through this church, are the smithy, the whetstone, the hammer, anvil, and tongs. My fire is stoked anew, my nicks repaired. The heart of a Christian is broken through his church, and is healed and sent forth through the glory of Christ as manifested through each f you. This simple construct of brick and mortar is so much more. It contains the Heart of His church, the beloved Bride for the Bridegroom.