Welcome Home or Keep Out

November 09, 2015 | Chris Payne

“No foreigner is to enter the barriers surrounding the sanctuary. He who is caught will have himself to blame for his death which will follow.”

The temple of God in Jerusalem was surrounded by what was known as a soreg.

The soreg was a fence that prohibited non-Jews from entering into the temple for worship. Above is the actual soreg marker that was placed around the temple in the first century. It is written in Greek, so that foreigners would be able to read clearly the message, “Keep Out!”

In our Be: United sermon this week at New Charlotte Church, we covered Ephesians 2:11-22. (Take a listen to the sermon here.)

In Ephesians 2:14, Paul writes, “For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” Paul knew his readers would make the connection between the dividing wall of hostility and the soreg that prohibited foreigners from entering into the temple to worship the one true God.

But Now, because of Christ, that wall has been crushed.
There’s no longer division between insiders and outsiders.
We have an all-access pass to God through the Uniting work of Jesus.

This past Sunday, I challenged New Charlotte to think about how we live out our faith in Jesus.

The way you live out your faith says one of two things to others,

Keep Out!


Welcome Home!

May our lives be “markers” of God’s love and grace; welcoming all back home!



Is your faith uniting those around you to Christ? #beunited

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