Sermon: “Intersection of Intolerance” John 2:13-19 – Pastor Justin Williams  – Week 3

As we have begun to look at the path to Pentecost we have discussed the preparation and first days of Christ journey. We have also taken the challenge to begin our own journey on this path to Pentecost to experience the life of Christ and the power of the Holy Spirit in a whole new way.

This week we will read in John 2:12-19 of Christ intolerance for defilement, self-righteousness, and hedonistic lifestyles.   It is vital that before we begin to trudge through the difficulties of this life and journey, we must set aside every weight that is upon us.  We will never succeed carrying such sins, burdens, and self sustaining attitudes.

Let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. – Hebrews 12:1

What does it mean to be a Christ follower?

We see time and time again throughout scripture where Christ calls individuals to deny themselves, leave everything behind, and forsake self-righteous sinful living.  Christ is proactive when it comes to His intolerance for defilement.  Just as Jesus rebuked the money changers and markets in the temple (John 2), He is rebuking you and I for own defilement, for we are the temple of God.

“If anyone wants to become my follower, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow me.” – Jesus (Luke 9:23)

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself – 1 Cor. 6:19

Each of us must face the fact that we are broken sinners bent toward sin, and every time we defile ourselves we come to an intersection… the intersection of intolerance.  There are many directions you can go from here, but I would like to specifically discuss three.

Intersection of Intolerance: (Imagine a four-way intersection)

1. You can head West on the Route of self-Righteousness (Matthew 6:1-6, 16-21)

What areas of your life do you find yourself quickly trying to justify?

Do you find it easier to conceal our defilement or to take the route of Self-Righteousness? Why?

2. You can turn East on the Highway of Hedonism (Philippians 2:3-4) – Number one religion in the World!

After having read the passage in Philippians what do you think it means to be Hedonistic?

3. After you have decided that neither East or West sound like the best path to go, you can always head North on the Road to Repentance (Joel 2:1-2, 12-17)

What does it mean to Repent?
Greek: metanoeo literally means to perceive afterwards, hence it signifies to change one’s mind or purpose, and it always involves a change.  It is a turning from sin toward God.

  • RECOGNIZE – Perceive
  • REPENT -Change/Turn
  • REPEAT– Continually be aware of your sin, and repeat this cycle as many times as necessary.

It is man’s refusal to repent that callous the heart.

“Whatever we COVER, God will UNCOVER. Whatever we UNCOVER, God will COVER!!!” – Ed Young

How does this quote apply to today’s lesson?

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