The Lord of the Temple
Topic: Expository Scripture: John 2:13–2:25
The following study guide is to be used to discuss the Friday, October 4, 2019 sermon.
Introduction - Jesus continues to surprise us. In our last study we saw that Jesus’ first miracle was, of all things, changing water to wine. In today’s text we find him overturning tables and driving out money changers. He reveals himself not as a meek and mild savior but as a fearless zealot for God’s glory. His zeal challenges us: do we have the same concern for the honor of God?
READ John 2:13-25
1. Why exactly, based on the text, does Jesus drive out the money changers and livestock?
APPLICATION: Elsewhere in the New Testament we see that the local church is God’s temple manifested today (see for example 1 Corinthians 3:17; 6:19-20; Ephesians 2:19-22). In what ways can we show honor to the Lord by how we treat his temple today, the local church? (Note: by local church we mean the congregation of people, not the building that the people meet in)
APPLICATION: How can honoring God in the local church help our evangelistic outreach and witness?
2. What do Jesus’ actions tell you about him? (verse 17)
APPLICATION: If we are the temple of God today, are we submitted to the authority of Jesus over our lives through his Word? Are there areas in your life where you need to acknowledge Jesus’ lordship and rule?
3. In order to prove his authority, Jesus tells the authorities that if they destroy the temple in three days, he will raise it up. John tells us that the temple of which Jesus speaks is his own body (verses 18-22). What does this tell us about who Jesus is? (Hint: remember our study of 1:14)
APPLICATION: In light of the fact that Jesus—and by extension his body the local church—is the true temple, how should we think about physical church buildings? How should we NOT think about them?