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What are we supposed to be?

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Passage

John 2:13–25 NKJV
13 Now the Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 And He found in the temple those who sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the money changers doing business. 15 When He had made a whip of cords, He drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen, and poured out the changers’ money and overturned the tables. 16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!” 17 Then His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for Your house has eaten Me up.” 18 So the Jews answered and said to Him, “What sign do You show to us, since You do these things?” 19 Jesus answered and said to them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will You raise it up in three days?” 21 But He was speaking of the temple of His body. 22 Therefore, when He had risen from the dead, His disciples remembered that He had said this to them; and they believed the Scripture and the word which Jesus had said. 23 Now when He was in Jerusalem at the Passover, during the feast, many believed in His name when they saw the signs which He did. 24 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man.

Introduction

In this passage Jesus cleanses the temple.
When worshippers came to the temple, they had to buy animals there for sacrifice. However, the merchants were charging exorbitant prices!
John 2:16 NKJV
16 And He said to those who sold doves, “Take these things away! Do not make My Father’s house a house of merchandise!”
They made the temple something it was not supposed to be.
The temple today is the church
1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?
What are we making the temple today?
In order to make sure we not making God’s temple what it shouldn’t be, we need make sure we know what it is supposed to be!

1. The church is called to be an army that...

Advances the kingdom
Resists Satan in their own lives and in the world
That prays for the world
Matthew 24:4 NKJV
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you.
James 4:7 NKJV
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
1 Timothy 2:1–2 NKJV
1 Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, 2 for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence.
We are not at a disadvantage in life - we are the army of God, and we have God's armour and God's weapons!
2 Corinthians 10:4 NKJV
4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds,
Never feel that you are at a disadvantage!
Elisha, being aware of the angelic hosts that were with him, said:
2 Kings 6:16 NKJV
16 So he answered, “Do not fear, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
With God, you are always in the majority!

2. We are called to be a bride that keeps herself pure

2 Corinthians 11:2 ESV
2 For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
It’s so important that we keep ourselves pure!
Significance of being the bride...

You are loved

Ephesians 5:25 NKJV
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her,

You are cared for

Ephesians 5:29 NKJV
29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church.

You are wanted

“As the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall you God rejoice over you.”
(Isaiah 62:5)
Did you know that God actually looks forward to when you spend time with Him? When you pray, God looks forward to that time.
There is never a moment… when you are not on God’s mind. About Zion, He said:
Isaiah 49:16 NKJV
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.

3. The church is called to be a family that loves one another

Ephesians 2:19 NKJV
19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
household = family
We are to love one another
John 13:35 NKJV
35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”
1 John 3:18 NLT
18 Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.
When you ask how someone is, genuinely care, and if you can do something to help, do it

4. The church is called to be a body in which each member plays a role

Romans 12:5 NKJV
5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.
Together we are the body of Christ, and individually we are a part of that body.
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Biblically...
Church membership is not having your name on a roll, it is having a role!
A role is not necessarily an appointment.
Someone might say, “what is your role”.
You might say, “my role is encouraging people when they are down. God has called me to that”. You might say, “my role is being an intercessor for the church, God has called me to that”.
We are all different, don't look down on others whose service is differently than yours.
1 Corinthians 12:17 NKJV
17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling?
The teacher might think, "why aren't you as deep in the Word as me?"
The prophet might thing "why aren't you as spiritual as me?"
The evangelist might think "why aren't you on the street preaching like me?"
The encourager might think "why aren’t you as up beat as me!"
The prayer warrior might thing, “why don’t you spend as much time as me in prayer?”
But we shouldn't think that way. We should recognise that we all have different strengths according to the grace that God has given to us.

Summary

We are called to be an army that advances the kingdom, resists Satan in their own lives and in the world, that prays for the world.
We are called to be a bride that keeps herself pure
We are called to be a family that loves one another
We are called to be a body in which each member plays a role

Prayer / Discussion

In groups of 4-5, catch up with each other and discuss what stuck out to you from today’s message.
Listen to one another’s prayer requests and spending some time praying together.

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