Acts 7:37-54 In this text, the early church deacon Stephen argues with Jewish religious leaders about the Messianic validity of Jesus Christ. He traces the history of Israel, focusing on the wilderness wanderings, when Israel worshiped at the tabernacle. Stephen draws a connection between the tabernacle and the temple of Solomon. In so doing, he demonstrated a great truth- the tabernacle and the temple were houses of the covenant of God with Israel, but Israel had perverted this covenant. Every time they looked at the temple they should have been reminded of their covenant with God. In a similar fashion, our church is a reminder of our covenant with God. May our church never lose its heart for God, as we build it from the inside out!