There are big dangers in thinking that we are 'special.' It can make us feel arrogant or superior. So here's my advice: when the Bible says, as it does, that the church is special take it as a challenge. As the apostle Peter put it, a challenge to live such good lives that people around us will have to give glory to God. We are not special because we are better than other people. There are many who are better than us. We are special because we have got to know God through Jesus and he is teaching us how to love God and love our neighbour. The church is here to be a growth centre for that sort of love. We are here to show we are special by the things we do. We can do this because we are a temple of the living God. More about this on Sunday.