“And let them make me a sanctuary, that I may dwell in their midst.”
A study was done in 1975 showing how the brain needs designated physical spaces for the different areas and activities in our lives. For instance, I have a recliner. If you don’t have one, save your money and buy one! That recliner is in our living room where we talk, watch movies, play games, laugh, cry, wrestle with the kids, and (if we don’t spill anything) drink sodas. This place is designated for family time, so I have never attempted to work, study, or meditate in that recliner in the living room.
Though we know that the church building is not “the Church,” the space is still significant. The church campus gives us a designated place that provides us an environment to accomplish what might be difficult elsewhere. Having a church building gives us space for:
- Community – where the people of God gather. We fellowship, pray, learn, and encourage one another.
- Focus – it removes distractions so we can put our attention where it needs to be.
- Consecration – it is set apart for a specific reason – for worship, fellowship, and ministry (in other words, to help us to be set apart)
- Sanctuary – it is a safe place to be transparent, receive help and find encouragement.
When I hear a certain song, it brings back specific memories. The song has more power than it should because it brings me back to a place and time that is special. It is connected to a specific event. The church campus can be a similar connecting point – to sacred time spent with our God and with each other.
Going to Church is Good!
- Is there a special place that you have reserved at home for your personal time with God?
- Is there a certain song or smell or food that takes you back to a special time in your life?
- How has a church campus (whether Belmont’s or another) held special significance for you?
- Consider sharing an answer to any of these in the comment section below or with your LifeGroup.
Highlight – what words or phrases jump out at you?