Building Your Worship Facility…Possessing YOUR Promised Land
By: Michael D. Barnes
So, you are ready to build your new worship facility.
But, is the building of a physical facility for the local church just about bricks and mortar? Or, does God use this passage to teach the body of Christ some important scriptural lessons regarding possessing the vision that He has for His church?
I believe that church construction is more than just bricks and mortar. Let me explain. Another way to look at building construction within a local church body is through the eyes of Joshua as he was ready to lead the people of God into the Promised Land. The similarities between building a new church building and Joshua's preparation to possess the Promised Land are remarkably similar.
Let's take a look into the directives that God gave Joshua as he prepared the people of God to enter into their Promised Land.
But first, let's review a bit of historical context. Moses has died and Joshua has taken over as the leader of the Jewish nation. The first order of business is to accomplish what the previous generation never accomplished, possessing the land that God promised them.
The first generation appointed a type of 'building committee' to spy out the land. Then after they had looked into God's promise, they gave a bad report. Ten out of the twelve said that they could not possess the land and that there were giants in the land.
God basically said, "O.K." and waited until the entire generation had died in the wilderness. Then he used the only two from that original 'building committee' to lead the people. But first, God gave them some preliminary instructions that they were to heed prior to attempting to possess the promise.
I would suggest to you that God uses these same spiritual instructions to His church today, prior to us possessing all that He has for us, including building a new worship facility. So, let's look into the book of Joshua and see what directives God gave Joshua prior to the entry into the Promised Land that would be applicable to us today.
1. "Get ready" (Joshua 1:2)
2. "I will give to you" (Joshua 1:3)
3. "Territory will extend" (Joshua1:4)
4. "Be strong/courageous" (Joshua 1:6)
5. "Meditate on the Word" (Joshua 1:8a)
6. "Then…prosperous and successful" (Joshua 1:8b)
7. "I will go with you." (Joshua 1:9)
8. "Follow your leader." (Joshua 3:3,4)
And He did. The water piled up miles from the people and they crossed over into the Promised Land just a Moses had crossed the Red Sea. God did this during the flood stage. Again, why? We are told in Joshua 3:15 that God did this in order that He might get the glory.
Are you getting ready to construct a new worship facility for your church?
Are you getting ready to build?
Take heart; you are getting ready to possess a new Promised Land for you and your church. Follow the directives that God laid out for Joshua and his people and you too will cross over and possess all that God has for you and your church body. And when the people of your community see all that God has accomplished for you, only He will get the glory.
Go ahead and possess it. God is waiting to bless. That's God!
NOTE: All scriptural references are taken from the New International Version.
Michael D. Barnes, A.I.A., is a church architect and chief executive officer of Barnes Design Group, www.BarnesDesignGroup.com.