Rev. Trevor Johnston and Dr. E. Dale Locke
Sermon series: The Naked Truth
Week 2: Why Wouldn’t You?
PDF file for printing: 02-17-18
- Join your church family in memorizing 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.
Review from last week:
- Sexual Sins are different – not worse, but they impact us in a different way. It’s not just physical. It goes deeper into our soul than that.
- Our Bodies are Sacred – all of us matters to God, not just our beliefs or our soul. This is especially true for believers, because God’s Holy Spirit lives in us. We are God’s temple.
- Our Body isn’t Ours – we belong to Christ. We are just stewards, responsible to use our bodies to accomplish God’s purposes in the world.
- Send your questions for Pastor Dale to answer in next week’s service to [email protected]or #maildale
- Butch Hancock said: “Life in Lubbock, Texas taught me two things: One is that God loves you and you’re going to burn in hell. The other is that sex is the most awful, filthy thing on earth, and you should save it for someone you love.”
What do unchurched people generally think the Christian view of sex is?
- Read Proverbs 14:8: The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways, but the folly of fools is deception.
The word “prudent” means wise and thoughtful. “Ways” is referring to behavior, life choices, and the direction someone’s life is headed. The word “folly” means to be stupid or easily deceived.
With that information, what do you think is the point of this proverb?
- Many of the ideas in this sermon came from Andy Stanley’s book The New Rules of Love, Sex and Dating. We encourage you to read it, and to have your kids and grandkids read it.
- Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 7:9 are especially important for single people: But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.
What are some implications of Paul’s teaching in this verse?
For Single People – Here are 3 things that will help you become the person that the person you’re looking for is looking for:
(1) Get Out of Debt
- Why is it wise to get out of debt before marriage?
- What are some problems caused by being in debt – for anyone, whether married or single?
(2) Stay Out of Bed
- Sex is not bad, in fact it’s wonderful. God intended it as a beautiful gift to us, but only between one man and one woman within the commitment of marriage.
Why do you think God forbids sex outside of marriage? What are some problems that result from having sex outside of marriage?
Here are some recommendations to help a single person “stay out of bed”:
- Set your standards in advance
- Why is it important to set your standards in advance?
- Guys, don’t treat women like a commodity
- Girls, don’t put up with being treated like a commodity
- ALAP (as long as possible) – When you’re dating, delay getting physical in your relationship as long as possible.
- Why is it wise counsel for a dating couple to delay getting physical as long as possible?
- Don’t live together
- Living together before marriage has become extremely common in our society. What are some reasons why couples live together without being married?
- Why is it unwise for a couple to live together before marriage?
(3) Clean Out Your Closet – What did the pastor mean by this?
- Face childhood issues
- Break bad habits
- Les and Leslie Parrott wrote: “If you attempt to build intimacy with a person before you’ve done the hard work of becoming a whole and healthy person, every relationship will be an attempt to complete the hole in your heart.”
- Start fresh sexually.
- If you have past involvement in sexual behavior that was outside of God’s will, be assured that you can be completely forgiven and start fresh today.