We are so thankful to have two Word-centered choices for Fellowship here in our area. One is about an hour away in the big city of Bandung. The service we would attend will be in English (going to take a while to understand Indonesian!). We were all welcomed and the kids sauntered off to Sunday School happily. There is also a playground outside for the kids while waiting for the Indonesian service to end! We are thankful for the immediate familiarity of the music and sanctuary. We were blessed to hear from a guest speaker relaying activity happening all around. It was a refreshing time with Him and His people.
The other place is a fifteen minute walk from our house. We visited there today. There were many families to meet and kids happily milling about! We were challenged by questions pertaining to what being His Temple really means. Honestly, I’m still chewing on the message from today. “But when the Messiah arrived, high priest of the superior things of this new covenant, he bypassed the old tent and its trappings in this created world and went straight into heaven’s “tent”—the true Holy Place—once and for all. He also bypassed the sacrifices consisting of goat and calf blood, instead using his own blood as the price to set us free once and for all. If that animal blood and the other rituals of purification were effective in cleaning up certain matters of our religion and behavior, think how much more the blood of Christ cleans up our whole lives, inside and out. Through the Spirit, Christ offered himself as an unblemished sacrifice, freeing us from all those dead-end efforts to make ourselves respectable, so that we can live all out for God.” Hebrews 9:11-15. Taking Communion after such a strong message tracing the Davidic Covenant to now required some soul searching, followed by resting in His unending promises.
Please lift us up as we seek to know where He wants us for the next season. We want to be deliberate about obeying Him in all areas of our lives.