Jacobs Church Anniversary 09/13/09 Sermon Outline “Home Makeover for God” by Richard Daughtridge

richard2Today Jacob’s Church is 187 years old  It has been the home of many that met with God here each week for generations. We thank God for their faithfulness. We likewise  should all be inspired to continue forward with vision and hard work. We want to pass to future generations the dream and the message of hope that makes our church a warm home where we meet with God and each other. This is what makes our church a home.

“Home Makeover for God” by Richard Daughtridge

There is no place like home.

This past Labor Day week end Robin and I were delighted that all our family came home, my daughter Alyson, her husband Chris,  Ryan my youngest son with his fiance Rori, my oldest son Richie with Susan his wife and their three children, Reed, Carter and Keagan.   We sat around the house and talked, laughed, and ate the best zucchini bread I’ve ever tasted. Robin was constantly baking and the aroma of cakes baking in the oven filled our home. Our extended weekend was filled with love, dreams, and stories about the day to day experiences of life. I thought to myself, “It just doesn’t get better than this.”

Home is, “Where the heart is”, but only if that home is filled with God’s love. I thought to myself how blessed we’ve been since Christ came into our lives. We came to him with broken, confused and sinful hearts and he made something beautiful out of our lives.

God has always desired to share in man’s life. It was the sin of Adam that separated God from his adopted family.  He must have felt like an estranged part of something that was intended to be beautiful.

Though man chose wrongly and wondered from his creator God never gave up on man.

God sought to live with man. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could add an addition on to our house where God lived? We can.

House #1 (Tabernacle)

Like “Home Makeover” or “Habitat for Humanity” maybe we could build a place for a God to live. This home needs to be unique. God is special.

This was God’s idea to begin with.

He didn’t call ABC. He called Moses.

Exodus 25:8   And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.

Exodus 25:1-2  And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, [2] Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering.

God chose to bake bread in this home also.

Exodus 25:30 New American Standard Bible “You shall set the bread of the Presence on the table before Me at all times. …

Shewbread was unleavened bread which was placed on the table in the sanctuary. It could also be interpreted “Bread of the Face”.  Interesting that God would choose it to be so named. It was a reflection of him being present.

They (Moses &Company) built a place according to God’s specifications and every piece of furniture, every covering, and every paint color told the story of salvations plan. The tabernacle would be a temporary dwelling for God.

Interestingly we are individually constructed kind of like that tabernacle. We have a body (outer court) a soul (an inner court) and a spirit (a holy of holies).

God’s family lived, loved, and dreamed there. Then King David dreamed of giving God a home a little more permanent. He dreamed of a temple with no bars held. Unfortunately it never happened while he was living.

House #2 (Temple)

Years later King Solomon, King David’s son, completed the dreams of his father. A new home for God was built. Its size and grandeur was much greater than the first. It was a gift again built from love.  God moved into his new home built by man.

Interestingly this house like the first was similar to the way we were created. Again it had an outer court, (body) an inner court (soul) and a holy of holies (spirit).

It had sacrifices of love going on constantly. Bread was baked, forgiveness was given there.  God lived and met with man there.

One small problem, this euphoria was also temporary. Man was contaminated with sin. His sentence was to die. You see when this perfect justice system was set up God himself declared the wages of sin to be death. To allow evil into a perfect world contaminated it and threatened the very thing that God was holy.   Thus death was the cleansing. Death was a separation from God because God is holy.

God’s heart must have broken. God loved man.  Out of such love God introduced salvation’s plan.  God would himself accept the penalty for man’s sin. Jesus took on the form of man, remained sinless and died. Then God raised him from the dead. Through faith everyone who believed on him could now be saved from the condemnation and be raised with him into newness of life. It was a gift of life from God. He substituted our sin nailing them to his cross and declared those that believed on him heirs to his righteousness.

From the cross the cried, “It is finished.”  In the darkest moment of time Christ hung on a cross and died.

The veil in the temple was torn from top to bottom. God left the temporary temple vacant.

House #3 (Spiritual House built in our body)

Home Make Over:

We are now the temple

Interestingly enough, we have an outer court (body), we have an inner court (soul), and we have a new born spirit part. (Holy of Holies) This is where God now lives and we meet with Him each day.

Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. [2] And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1 Cor. 6:19  What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

Ephes. 2:19-22    Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; [20] And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; [21] In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: [22] In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

1. Once again God is baking bread, and there’s no place like home.

John 6:51-56  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world. [52] The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat? [53] Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. [54] Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. [55] For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. [56] He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

2. We fulfill our priestly duties.

1 Peter 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:9   But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Now will you offer Christ a place in your heart?

House #4 (New Heaven and a New Earth)

God is planning to move again to a new place. We will take off the corruptible and put on the incorruptible.

God will move again into an everlasting kingdom. According to Revelation 21 we’ll be there also never to move again. I can almost smell the frankincense and the bread baking.

2 Responses to “Jacobs Church Anniversary 09/13/09 Sermon Outline “Home Makeover for God” by Richard Daughtridge”

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