What comes to mind when I say Holy? White, clean, pure, perfect, weighty, unapproachable?
What about the phrase “holy place”? Stained glass windows, marble columns, gold statues, candles and incense, mountains, trees, a rubber floor and removable seating, a gymnatorium?
In every time and every place and culture people have built buildings, temples, shrines and places of worship and had special people dedicated to the worship of their God or gods. Whether it’s Mecca for the Muslims, Jerusalem for Jews, the Vatican City for some Catholics, Sacred mountains for the Taoist or countless other holy places. For each of these religions they built places for the purpose of interacting with something bigger than themselves.
This morning if everyone will pull out their bible or digital device and turn to 1 Corinthians 6 we’ll be using this as our text but I’d like to start specifically with verses 19-20. I’m reading out of a translation called The Voice so it might sound a little different.
19 Don’t you know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who comes from God and dwells inside of you? You do not own yourself.20 You have been purchased at a great price, so use your body to bring glory to God!
One of the most powerful ways to convey a message is to combine it with an image and make it tangible. Jesus was the master of teaching using imagery to help people both remember his message as well as calling people to look a little closer and pay attention a little better. He used images of sheep, buried treasure, light and dark, living water, and hundreds of others.
As I’ve said in my post on having a visual artist as part of your team, here are some reasons why images are so powerful:
- 65 percent of people are visual learners
- The brain processes visual information 60,000 faster than text
- 90 percent of the information that the brain processes is visual
- Visual aids increase learning by 400 percent
Now imagine taking the power of what people see and making sure everyone walks away remembering what God said to them during the service. That’s why so many churches are using Sermon Series Branding as part of their tools to convey the truth of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ.