June 18, 2019

Keeping the Temple Clean - 2 Corinthians 6:16-18

"The family should be a reflection of a wedding ceremony with Jesus Christ."

Family Discussion:

  • What does it mean to you that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit?
  • How do your eyes and ears allow filth into the temple?
  • How do you give your temple to the housecleaning that God's spirit deserves today?

Transcription:

00:06 You know, I'll never forget when my hero, Dr. Howard Hendricks, said when you read the Bible, read it like a love letter. It changed everything for me. And so we opened the love letter from God again this morning. And we look at Second Corinthians chapter 6, verse 16 and 18 and it says this, "what agreement is there between the Temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said, 'I will live with them and walk among them and I will be their God, and they will be my people. I will be a father to you and you will be my sons and daughters,' says the Lord almighty. Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit."

00:56 I'll never forget it. I'll never forget as long as I live. It was the most beautiful wedding I've ever been a part of in my life. I've gotten to, you know, officiate countless weddings over the years. But the most beautiful one of all was a girl named Candi. And you know what? That precious girl had $100 to spend on her wedding. That was her totaled wedding budget. That's a true story. Candi worked at our camps. And although she was poor, she was rich. One of the richest girls I've ever met. A guy fell in love with her, wonderful man, but Candi said, you know what? I can't marry you until my grandmother dies. I've been called to sit by my grandmother's bedside until she dies. Three years later, her grandmother passed away and went to Heaven and Candi turned to that man and she said, now I'm ready to marry you. She took her hundred dollars and went to a rummage sale and she bought an old wedding dress. And all summer long, she sewed and sewed little costume plastic beads on that wedding dress, which she walked into our outdoor chapel at our camp.

02:05 It was autumn and all these sugar maples that my daddy and I had planted in this chapel, were turning all these beautiful colors of red and yellow and gold, and as Candi walked down that little outdoor aisle to meet this man who'd been waiting for her for three years, all these leaves began to fall all around her feet and she literally walked on a bed of the most beautiful star shaped flowers you've ever seen in your life. It was so breathtaking. The guy was just speechless. I was speechless. In fact, I was so overcome with awe and wonder and beauty. I forgot to pronounce them man and wife. It was a true story and I forgot to say the groom can kiss the bride and then somehow in the closing prayer, I recovered and in the prayer turned it into a "the groom can kiss the bride" prayer, and they kissed and they were married and they walked away and they are living happily ever after.

03:01 And you know, what man? As breathtaking as Candi's wedding scene was it pales in comparison to the wedding that has taken place in the temple of your heart because it is there in your heart that your soul is married to the Holy Spirit of God. You know, Michelangelo could paint a more beautiful interior in $1 billion sepulchre, than the wedding chapel of your heart that God had crafted for the dwelling place of his Holy Spirit. You know, man, that's why someone who loves God doesn't watch pornography on the computer screen or movies and television stuff that's gotten nudity and profanity in it. You know, that's why we're selective with our music and with our conversations. You know? That's why we don't pour alcohol and drugs and tobacco in our bodies. You know, that's why scripture calls you to a high standard of living because it's God that lives in your heart; your body's a temple of God's spirit. And so here's the questions for today. What does it mean to you that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit? How do your eyes and ears allow filth into the temple? And then lastly, how do you give your temple to the housecleaning that God's spirit deserves today? And then this one for the family, here's the lifeline. The home, the family should be a reflection of a wedding ceremony with Jesus Christ.

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