Biblical Peacemaking (John 2:13-22)

Sarah ThompsonSarah Thompson, 8 March, 2015
Part of the Guest Speaker series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Sarah Thompson speaks on Biblically-based Nonviolent Direct Action. Sarah is Director of Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) and is a dynamic and empowering speaker. Her activism is grounded in deep faith and coupled with brilliant thinking. CPT is devoted to promoting peace and reconciliation in regions of conflict through building partnerships to transform violence and oppression. CPT seeks to embody an inclusive, ecumenical and diverse community of God's love. CPT believes we can transform war and occupation, our own lives, and the wider Christian world through the nonviolent power of God's truth.


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John 2:13-22

13 The Passover of the Jews was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple he found those who were selling oxen and sheep and pigeons, and the money-changers sitting there. 15 And making a whip of cords, he drove them all out of the temple, with the sheep and oxen. And he poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. 16 And he told those who sold the pigeons, “Take these things away; do not make my Father's house a house of trade.” 17 His disciples remembered that it was written, “Zeal for your house will consume me.”

18 So the Jews said to him, “What sign do you show us for doing these things?” 19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” 20 The Jews then said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” 21 But he was speaking about the temple of his body. 22 When therefore he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the Scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken. (ESV)

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