This week has been the 16th NATIONAL TEEN CONVENTION hosted by the Longview Baptist Temple pastored by my son Dr. Bob Gray II. The TEEN CONVENTION made the front page of the local LONGVIEW NEWS JOURNAL! The paper did an excellent job of covering this event with hundreds of teenagers descending on Longview, Texas, from all around the nation. The theme was KEEP THYSELF PURE. Dr. Gray II and his staff did a marvelous job of preparing for this event which is the highlight of our church! His sermons were right on target!
Tonight was our weekly soul winning time for LBT and hundreds gathered in the auditorium to pair up and take the Gospel to our city. I went with my grandson Nick Forgy and the Lord gave us 4 salvation decisions. Two of those were Corey and Crystal pictured with myself. They were so kind to us and allowed us to present the Gospel to them. I have had a great week of soul winning with 11 so far trusting Christ! GOTTA LOVE SOUL WINNING!
I was given the privilege of preaching tonight and I preached my sermon "THE REBUILT TEMPLE." When Solomon's Temple was destroyed it was a devastating thing to the people of God. The 70 years of captivity were extremely difficult. When God's people returned they built a new temple. However, it was not as elegant, beautiful, or as elaborate as the first temple and the old men wept while the young men shouted. Yet, the new temple had the same Brazen Altar where the animal sacrifices were made. It still had the Table of Shewbread where the bread was replaced everyday with fresh bread from the oven. It still possessed the Golden Candlestick which stayed lit. Also, the Altar of Incense with its sweet smelling odor. The outside did not look as magnificent as the first Temple but it still had the same things on the inside.
The only temple in the New Testament is the temple of the body of the believer and not a so-called church sanctuary. Unfortunately sometimes the believer will damage the new temple that is given at salvation but there are still some things that are in the rebuilt temple that also existed in the old temple.
1) THE BRAZEN ALTAR, A PICTURE OF CALVARY
2) THE TABLE OF SHEWBREAD, A PICTURE OF THE WORD OF GOD (Fresh & Flawless)
3) THE GOLDEN CANDLESTICK, A PICTURE OF SOUL WINNING
4) THE ALTAR OF INCENSE, A PICTURE OF PRAYER
Do not listen to Satan as he whispers in your ear dear child of God who has blown it that you cannot come back and be used once again by God. The devil is a liar and the father of lies. You may damage the outside but the inside still has the blood of Christ, the flawless Word of God (King James Bible for the English speaking people), the activity of soul winning is still available, and the ability to come boldly to the Lord in prayer. The old men may weep because they knew the first Temple but there still is a group of young men who will shout because they did not know the first Temple. KEEP ON KEEPING ON!