Have you ever wondered how the whole message of the Bible fits together? Moreover, how does that message impact your life and the mission of the church?
We have sixty-six books in Holy Scripture, and if you have ever read through it all, it can be puzzling to think about how everything fits in with each other. Biblical theologian Gregory Beale and pastor Mitchell Kim have put together a book that helps you gain the big picture of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, following one theme, one particular thread tying the whole thing together.
God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth is a collection of sermons mainly by Mitchell Kim, based on a more academic work by Gregory Beale, The Temple and the Church’s Mission: A Biblical Theology of the Dwelling Place of God. In condensing and simplifying Beale’s profound work of biblical theology, Kim and Beale take the theme of the temple of God, and trace it beginning from Eden to the last chapters of the Book of Revelation. Kim and Beale’s main thesis is that God’s temple is the dwelling place of God, embodying the presence of God in creation. The temple of God is where we as humans were created to worship God, and that worship catapults the people of God into mission, whereby God’s temple is expanded throughout the whole world.