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Summary: Many quesions whether our bodies and what we do with them are important to God.

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Intro:

We are often taught about how God is interested in our spirit.

1. ¡§Man looks on the outward appearance but God looks on the heart¡¨

a. We must be looked at in context; Samuel was convicted of looking for one with the stature of a king rather then the heart of one.

2. ¡§Not what enters a man¡¦s mouth that defiles him but what comes out¡¨

a. The Pharisees where trying to trap Jesus in the law. They practiced a salvation by works rather than relationship. The body cannot save you but can be saved (as we will learn)

3. ¡§The body is only temporary¡¨

a. 1 Thessalonians 4

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

b. Romans 8

23Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.

c. 1 Corinthians 15

51Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed-- 52in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.

Does the Bible talk about the body?

¡§Present your bodies as living sacrifices¡K¡¨

a. Why didn¡¦t it say sprits or minds if that was all it was about?

b. It goes on to say ¡§¡Kholy and acceptable¡¨

c. To be holy (Set apart to the service or worship of God; sacred; reserved from profane or common use)

d. Our lifestyle is an advertisement

i. Advertise :( To give notice to; to inform or apprise; to notify; to make known; hence, to warn)

1. How we dress

2. hygiene

Things we ARE to do with the body

1. Praise and worship

a. Clapping hands

b. Raising hands

c. Dancing

d. Shouting

e. Singing

f. Playing instruments

g. Jumping

2. Reserve

a. I Corinthians 6:19 ¡§¡Kour bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit¡¨

b. Temple (a piece of land marked off, land dedicated to a god)

i. We are dirt (as pastor says)

ii. It says ¡§a god¡¨ rather than ¡§to God¡¨

The body is:

„X Eternal and not temporal (ultimately)

„X The dwelling place of God himself on earth

„X Billboard advertising (?)

„X Important to God


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