Will God Really Dwell With Us?
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Pastor Steve Brown
Knowing that Jesus dwells with us gives us the peace and courage to face troubles in the world because Jesus is God and he has overcome the world. The Christian claim that God came to dwell with us in Jesus is shocking. Such a claim was always shocking. When Solomon built the first temple, there was some question as to whether God would actually dwell among his people in the temple. To claim that the unlimited God would actually commit to be in the temple seemed prideful to some. This is one reason Israel had not yet built a temple. How could unholy people hope to have holy God live among them? The answer to the question is Jesus, God with us, Emmanuel.
Next Step: Identify a trouble in your life where it would be helpful to understand that God is with you in that trouble? Pray the “God is with me prayer” over that trouble.
Lessons: 1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43, Colossians 1:15-20, John 14:1-3, 16:33