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Rev. Paul J. Miller – Sermon Outline – February 3, 2019

Series Title: A Space for Worship

Today’s Title: Gathering Places for the People of God

Today’s Text: 2 Corinthians 3:7-18

Where do I go to Worship God?

  • THE GARDEN & BEYOND - (Adam, Eve, and sons – Genesis 2-4)
  • ALTARS TO GOD
    • Noah (Genesis 8:20)
    • Abraham (Genesis 12:7, 13:18, 22:9)
    • Isaac (Genesis 26:25)
    • Jacob (Genesis 33:30, 35:1-7)
  • “GOD’S HOUSE” AT BETHEL

    • Jacob’s Dream (Genesis 28:10-22)
    • Jacob calls Bethel “God’s house” (28:22)
    • God instructs Jacob to return to Bethel and build an altar (Genesis 35:1-15)
  • MT. HOREB/SINAI

    • “The mountain of God” (Exodus 3:1)
    • God speaks to Moses through a burning bush (Exodus 3:2-6)
    • God gives Moses the 10 Commandments and the Law (Exodus 19-31)
    • God speaks to Elijah at Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:7-12)
  • THE TABERNACLE

    • Described by God in Exodus 26 & 40
    • The radiant face of Moses (Exodus 34:29-35)
    • God’s glory dwells there in the Ark of the Covenant (Exodus 40:34-38)
    • Used as the most holy place from Moses to Solomon (nearly 500 years)
  • THE TEMPLE

    • Built by Solomon (1 Kings 6) – 967 BC
    • Destroyed by Babylonians (2 Kings 25) – 586 BC
    • Rebuilt by Zerubbabel (Ezra 5) – 515 BC
    • Rebuilt again by Herod – 19 BC
      • This was the Temple of Jesus’ day
  • THE SYNAGOGUE

    • Meeting places in each town for those practicing Judaism
    • Begun just before new testament times

Jesus Transforms Worship

  • THE WOMAN AT THE WELL IN SAMARIA – John 4:19-24

    • True worship is spirit and truth
  • THE TRANSFIGURATION – Matthew 17:1-6

    • Moses = The Law
    • Elijah = The Prophets
  • PROPHECY ABOUT THE TEMPLE – Matthew 24:1-2
  • THE “CURTAIN” IN THE TEMPLE TORN WHEN JESUS DIED – Matthew 27:50-51
    • Access to God is opened up to everyone
  • FREEDOM IN THE SPIRIT – 2 Corinthians 3:7-18

    • Moses face (Exodus 34:29-35)
    • Set free from location (2 Corinthians 3:17)
    • “being transformed” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
      • Metamorphoo’

        • Matthew 17:2
        • Romans 12:2
        • 2 Corinthians 3:17

God’s temple is not a matter of “where”, but “who”

  • 1 Corinthians 6:19
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