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Introduction

Our sexual lives are God-designed. It is vital for those who follow Jesus to understand what the Bible teaches on sexuality because our culture bombards us with conflicting ideas, explicit images, and easy opportunities. Faced with an immoral culture, how do we live to please God? This passage gives four instructions for the Christian.

 

 

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SERMON TITLE: A BIBLICAL VIEW OF SEXUAL MORALITY

TEXT: 1 THESSALONIANS 4:1-8
INTRODUCTION.
Our sexual lives are God-designed. It is vital for those who follow Jesus to understand what the Bible teaches on sexuality because our culture bombards us with conflicting ideas, explicit images, and easy opportunities. Faced with an immoral culture, how do we live to please God? This passage gives four instructions for the Christian.

EXAMINATION.

Vv.1-3 “Sexual immorality” is a translation of the Greek word porneia. Paul uses the definite article which makes this an umbrella term for any and all sexual activity outside of heterosexual marriage.
V.3 Sexual immorality is something to run away from.
• A form of the word “abstain” is used in Luke 24:13. How does this help inform what it means to abstain from porneia?
• How does abstaining help our sanctification?
Vv.4-5 Sexual immorality is a sign I don’t know God.
• What does Paul mean that we “know how to control” our bodies in holiness?
• Do all those who don’t know God live in passionate lust? Why or why not?
V.6 Sexual immorality is fraud.
• In what way are others defrauded by someone else’s sexual behavior?
• How can God be the “avenger” when he has said there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ?
Vv.7-8 Sexual immorality rejects God’s purpose for me.
• Sexual sin is not more offensive to God than other sin, but why must we be careful about our moral conduct?
APPLICATION.
• Do you think it is more or less difficult to be sexually pure in our culture than it was in the early church? Why?
• How do we strike the balance between taking seriously those who are caught in persistent, unrepentant sexual sin; and those who have previously failed and seek forgiveness?
• What do you think of the 5 phases of our world’s redefinition of sex as outlined by Jonathan Grant?
1. Separating sex from procreation (through contraception).
2. Separating sex from marriage (through cohabitation).
3. Separating sex from partnership (through treating sex as casual recreation).
4. Separating sex from another person (through pornography).
5. Separating sex from our bodies (through questioning the categories of gender).
• Why is it important not to demand or expect sexual morality of those who don’t believe the gospel?
• Why is it important to demand or expect sexual morality from those who do believe?
• Fact: What is a key truth that you understood from this passage?
• React: What did you feel?
• Act: What are you going to do?

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