15 March 2012

SERMON - God's Temple: Not for Sale

The sermon moves from Jesus anger at the money changers in the temple to Paul's observation that YOUR BODY is the temple of God and then wonders what we can do about those would use the bodies of other humans as a cash machine as is the case with human trafficking. You may listen to an audio version of the sermon here and see how well I followed the sermon outline below.

The sermon text is taken from John 2:13-22, which reads as follows:
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, he drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, “Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.” The Jews then said to him, “What sign can you show us for doing this?” Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” The Jews then said, “This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?” But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. (New Revised Standard Version)
This outline above is from the March 11, 2012 sermon I preached at St. John's Presbyterian Church in Houston, Texas. 

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