Sermon quotes: "The Joyful Journey"
“The essence of this city is its unity.” New Bible Commentary
“What Jerusalem was to the Israelites the church is to the Christian. Here are his closest ties, his brethren and companions.” Derek Kidner
“People who would never get along outside the church love one another inside it.” Tim Keller
“The people of God should pray for the peace and well-being of the place where they eagerly gather to offer their praise to God.” Allen Ross
“But you have come to Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to innumerable angels in festal gathering, and to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, and to God, the judge of all, and to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” Hebrews 12: 22-24
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw a holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall their be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” Revelation 21:1-4