Blog Space of Rev. Adrian J. Pratt B.D, pastor at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church, Ellicott City, MD

Monday, February 13, 2017

Body Temples

This coming Sunday at Mount Hebron Presbyterian Church we'll be concluding our series of messages about the “Conundrums of Corinth” and be taking a look at 1 Corinthians 3:10-11 & 16-23. Last week we we were thinking about “Solid Food.”

This weeks theme will be 'The Temple of You'... and we'll be reflecting on what it might mean to be a walking, living, breathing temple of God. I was intrigued by this video... which is about the 3rd temple mentioned in Scripture... the one Ezekial saw in a vision (but which was never actually built ) and how it was to be built in the shape of a person. (You'll have to watch this video to know what I'm talking about!)

Body temples. Then there's the whole idea of the community of the faithful people of God being together a 'temple' or 'Body' ... and the biblical image of the church as being the 'Body of Christ'. 

And then there is Jesus talking about His body as being a temple that if destroyed would be rebuilt in three days time. Mind boggling stuff when you start allowing all those different temple related images to percolate in your mind!

Paul writes in the passage we are considering : "Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?" (verse 16). So... our theme... body temples. 

Here's some questions to consider as we approach Sunday.
  •  How well are we taking care of our personal temple?
  • What's the mission statement of our personal temple?
  • What does Paul mean when he writes  'that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst'?
I searched for a song on this theme... and found this on the YouTube... "Temple Restoration" by a lady called Janet Morrison. Certainly fits well with the theme and is based on 1 Corinthians 3 verse 16.

Hope to see some of you Sunday... and maybe connect with others in different ways :-)

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