4 – Temple
What you believe will determine how you behave.
“… we are… the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life….” (2 Corinthians 2:15-16)
Jesus says to his parents, “And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?” (Luke 2:49)
“This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to rebuild it in three days.’” (Matthew 26:61)
“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” (Hebrews 10:19-22)
“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?…” (1 Corinthians 6:19a)
God expects purity of His temple(s).
“For you were bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.” God cares about your body and God cares what you do with your body. So let’s talk about what it means that God bought your body…” (1 Corinthians 6:20)
· God is for your body, not against it.
“Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord; and the Lord is for the body.” (1 Corinthians 6:13)
· The Spirit of God lives in your body.
· Your body will be raised from the dead.
· Your body isn’t to be controlled by anything but God.
“All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.” (1 Corinthians 6:12)
· Your body is not for immoral use
“Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 6:13b)
“Flee immorality.” (1 Corinthians 6:18)
“He gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds.” (Titus 2:14)
· Your body is to be used for the glory of God.
– When you hear the word temple what usually comes to mind? Why is temple a good representation of our bodies in Christ? How does it connect to Jesus Himself?
– What are the driving thoughts when it comes to how you view your body? What are the driving motivations for what you do with your body?
– Do you think the Gospel has the power to transform how you view/treat your body? If so, what message does that send to the lost world?
– What are some practical applications for you from this message tonight? What are you putting into practice?