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BUILDING THE CHURCH – written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: growth, church planting
SCRIPTURE: Ps.127:1; Pv.18:10; Is. 28:16;
. Amos7:7-8; Mt.7:24, 16:18;
. 1Cor.3:9-14; Eph.2:19-22; 1Tim.3:15
Style: drama/conversation: church planters
. hold a planning discussion on how
. they are going to build a church
Cast: PERSON 1-3 (or more, reassign dialogue
. and/or divide lines appropriately)
Set & Props: table, paper, pen/s, Bible, plumb line
(PERSON 1-3 stand around a table, leaning in, keen
on developing the blueprints of their church building.)
P.1 I am so keen on getting this new church built.
P.2 Me, too. And I do want to do this right
. so that it stays standing.
P.3 God does promise to look after the Church.
. As God told Peter in Matthew 16:18,
. “upon this rock I will BUILD My church;
. and the gates of Hades will not overpower it.” (NAS)
P.1 That is reassuring, indeed. But – how do we begin?
. The architect is meeting with us tomorrow.
P.3 We do want the most stable foundation possible.
P.1 I’m pretty sure the architect would know that.
P.3 This is the foundation I am talking about.
. Matthew 7:24 says “Therefore everyone who hears
. these words of Mine and acts on them,
. may be compared to a wise man
. who BUILT his house on the ROCK.” (NAS)
P.2 Of course. That means we need to be reading the Bible
. and being obedient to God’s commandments.
P.1 So now, can we move on with the actual building plans?
P.2 I hear it is important to have
. the perfect cornerstone, because - it is
. the first stone set in the construction process,
. and then all other stones
. are set in reference to that.
P.3 That would be Jesus, as God explains in Isaiah 28:16,
. “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone,
. a costly CORNERSTONE for the FOUNDATION -
. firmly placed. He who believes in it
. will not be disturbed.” (NAS)
P.1 I see. So we build out, all based on who Jesus is
. and everything He has done for us.
P.3 Exactly, Ephesians 2:19 to 22 gives us more detail.
. “Consequently, you are no longer foreigners
. and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people
. and also members of His household, BUILT ON
. the FOUNDATION of the apostles and prophets,
. with Christ Jesus Himself as the chief CORNERSTONE.
. In Him the WHOLE BUILDING is JOINED TOGETHER
. and RISES to become a holy TEMPLE in the Lord.
. And in Him you too are being BUILT TOGETHER
. to become a DWELLING in which God lives
. by his Spirit.” (NIV)
P.2 We definitely need to be led by the Holy Spirit
. in everything we do.
P.1 And while building up, the walls should be plumb.
(PERSON 1 picks up a plumb and lets the end dangle down.)
P.3 Amos 7:7 to 8 says “...Behold, the Lord was standing
. by a vertical WALL with a PLUMB LINE in His hand.
. The Lord said to me, ‘What do you see, Amos?’
. And I said, ‘A plumb line.’ Then the Lord said,
. ‘Behold I am about to put a PLUMB LINE
. In the midst of My people Israel.’” (NAS)
P.2 That means, Jesus is also our building instrument
. to KEEP us aligned with God.
P.1 And to support the roof?
P.3 In 1 Timothy 3:15, Paul say “I write so that 3
. you will know how one ought to conduct himself
. in the household of God, which is the church
. of the living God, the PILLAR
. and SUPPORT of the truth.” (NAS)
P.2 Cool. So the roof won’t come crashing down.
. And... will we have a steeple?
P.3 Proverbs 18:10 says that, “The name of the Lord
. is a STRONG TOWER. The righteous runs into it
. and is safe.”
P.1 So we’re back to how God protects us.
P.2 I suppose construction kind of always continues
. until we get to heaven.
P.3 In 1 Corinthians 3:9 to 14 Paul lays it out,
. “For we are CO-WORKERS in God’s service;
. you are God’s field, God’s BUILDING.
. By the grace God has given me, I laid a FOUNDATION
. as a WISE BUILDER, and someone else is BUILDING ON IT.
. But each one should BUILD with care.
. For no one can lay any foundation other than
. the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
. If anyone BUILDS on this FOUNDATION using
. gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,
. their WORK will be shown for what it is,
. because the Day will bring it to light.
. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire
. will test the QUALITY of each person’s work.
. If what has been BUILT survives,
. the BUILDER will receive a reward.” (NIV)
P.1 So we know WHAT all the building materials should be,
. now HOW do we go about building it?
P.3 Psalm 127:1 says, “Unless THE LORD BUILDS the house,
. They labor in vain who build it.” (NAS)
P.1 That settles it. I want to build the best I can
. ALL in God’s strength.
. AND encourage others to do the same.
P.2 Nothing quite like having the Master Creator
. of the universe - as your own personal architect.