This Weekend in Worship
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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25; John 2:13-22
Preaching: Pr. Steve Knudson
Message: “God's Love is Not for Sale"
Synopsis: Why did Jesus drive out the animals and money changers? They were only doing what was necessary for people to worship God in the temple.
The trouble is that something has gone wrong. “Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” says Jesus. We have allowed our experience of the marketplace yo shape the way we see God: If I give God this, God will give me that. But that is not how it works. Promising to give God something when facing trouble will not make God more likely come to our aid. God has already come and made a home with you. Negotiating with God for help in moments of helplessness will not help, because God was your helper long before you ever asked.
Why did Jesus drive out the animals and money changers? Jesus leads us home to God who is gracious and merciful, long before we ever knew. Jesus clears out all that would get in the way of this simple truth—God has already come in grace and mercy, ready, ever ready to welcome us home in faith and love.
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