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Nicolene Coertse | 12 August 2014
Living stones being built into a temple for God – this is a central theme at Central Parks. Not long ago someone painted an image of a wall made up of all different kinds of bricks / stones, and stood at the front declaring that it is an image of us at Central Parks. Another person brought a word of how we all fit together in Christ. The theme was addressed again yesterday, in Grant’s sermon of the Central Parks’ mandate.

I know I have often stood in church, and had the distinct feeling of “being built into community” here, at Central Parks. Along with that came the feeling of how much my spiritual and emotional wellbeing has an effect on, and contributes to the wellbeing of those around me. So I know that wherever I go, I will not be alone nor will I be neglected. God will see to my wellbeing, because others’ wellbeing is affected by mine, as equally, I am affected by theirs.

There are a number of verses that refers to this theme of ‘living stones’:

1 Peter 2: 4-7

‘As you come to him, the living Stone – rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him – you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. For in Scripture it says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame.”

 Isaiah 28: 16.

‘So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation: the one who trusts in him will never be dismayed.’

 Ephesians 2: 19-22.

‘Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s 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.’

 1 Corinthians 3: 16.

‘Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?’