02-10&11, 2018 Sermon Series: the Naked Truth
Dr. E. Dale Locke Week 1: The Talk
- Define ‘Temple’ in your own words. Have you ever been to a temple?
- Read our memory verse for this sermon series: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.”
- Dale talked about how we are all desensitized as well as mildly seduced by our highly sexualized culture. Some examples he sites are sexually graphic advertisements, sex scandals such as the Larry Nassar case regarding his long time abuse of multiple Olympic gymnasts, the ‘Me Too’ Movement, and the astounding statistics regarding widespread pornography addiction. Do you think our culture has always been sexualized? Discuss your thoughts on this.
- We always want to believe that our best days are ahead of us, not behind us. Dale said: “Decisions we make in our present will soon become our past, and it is our past that most dramatically impacts our future.” Do you agree or disagree with this statement? Can you think of an example in your own life that illustrates your viewpoint? If so, share it if you are willing.
- The verse just prior to our memory verse is 1 Corinthians 6:18 – Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”
- What does Paul mean when he says to ‘Flee’? How can we flee from sexual immorality in today’s highly sexualized culture?
There are three main points to be found in this verse of scripture:
- Sexual Sins are different.
- Our bodies are sacred.
- Our bodies aren’t ours
- According to Paul, what makes sexual sins different from other sins?
- The idea that our bodies are sacred was a radical idea in Paul’s day. Jews knew the details involved in building the temple – the building where God dwelt – from scriptures. The concept of Jesus, the Son of God, dwelling inside of them, was a very different view of their concept of ‘temple’. How about you? Do you consider your body as a temple, a place where God dwells?
- Review the story of Jesus talking with the Samaritan woman at the well in John 4: 1-42, and also the story of Jesus’ dealing with the adulterous woman in John 8:1-11. What was Jesus’ attitude toward these women? Discuss what this means for you, either as a person who has committed sexual sin, or as you deal with a loved one who has committed a sexual sin.
- Deb Hirsch, author of a book called ‘Redeeming Sex”, said: “The Bible as a whole is confronting, embarrassing, and even shocking at times – just like real life – because it IS real life. That’s the point. The Bible has been written for broken people.” Share your thoughts as you consider Deb’s viewpoint
- Dale said “Sex is wonderful, that’s why we pursue it; Sex is also powerful, that’s why we need to respect it.” What did he mean by that?
- If our bodies are not really ours, then to whom do they belong? Why?
- How are we to treat our bodies since they are sacred and not our own?