Summary: You are God’s Temple, designed to give glory to him.
Title: The Temple of God
Text: 1 Corinthians 3: 10 – 17
MP: You are the legacy of Jesus Christ. Be worthy of that.
FCF: Christ is the foundation and His Word the materials that are the building blocks of our life.
April 18, 1906 – San Francisco Earthquake / Valencia Hotel /
Fire Chief’s Dennis Sullivan legacy = John Doughtery
Ecc 2:18 I came to hate everything for which I had worked so hard under the sun, because I will have to leave it to the person who replaces me.
We don’t really know our legacy until others take it up. Paul is in the same boat. We want a legacy too…
1. A legacy that is pleasing to God
a. Temples are built to honor gods, not house people (Greeks, Holy of Holies)
b. Other Temples are inferior – Greek Temples are just ruins / Nepali ones cold
c. Our God wanted us to be his Temple
2. A legacy that is built well
a. Just our bodies? (Common – this means ‘don’t smoke, don’t drink, etc…’)
b. Just these perishable vessels of dirt? How about our minds? Or our creative spirit? (Bezalel & the Ark)
c. Exodus – Glory; Ezekiel – Hope; Revelation – Healing
d. What if Bezalel had just used an old scrap? Bible, or Penthouse?
e. God’s given us a blueprint, but we get to add in the detail
3. A legacy that is on a solid foundation
a. Closing illustration – the old Mint and the Bank of America
We have this Book not so that we’ll know how to set every nail, how lay each and every plank of our theology or our morality, or even so we’ll know how to sing or what to say. We have this book so we can understand the glory.
Jesus Christ is an amazing platform on which to build an amazing Temple. The blueprints are right here in his Word. Everything else? It’s quicksand. It’s a firetrap. Prone to earthquakes. This is gold, my friends. Build with this.
It was 5:12 in the morning, on April 18th, 1906, when San Francisco truly found out what it was made of.
Two miles off the coast, a magnitude 7.8 earthquake set off tremors that would shake the city on the sea for less than10 minutes. But in just ten short minutes, San Francisco learned more about itself than it ever cared to know.
South of Market, for instance, the four-story Valencia Hotel literally pancaked. Floors smashed down below floors, all the way to the foundation. The reason was simple – the hotel and the neighborhood around it had been built on nothing but quicksand.
Several years earlier, garbage had been dumped into a swamp. When the earth shook, the ground literally liquefied. It became nothing more than quicksand. You know what happens when you step in quicksand. You can imagine what happens when you build in it.
But as bad as the quake was, it paled in comparison to the fires that followed.
Amongst the first casualties was Dennis Sullivan, the city’s illustrious fire chief. For years he warned of the danger of an earthquake to the city’s underground water system. He wrote newspaper articles warning the city, he lobbied, he even conducted demonstration demolitions to tests the effectiveness of dynamite in stopping a fire when there was no water.