50 Shades of Gray: Sexual Boundaries
Are we going to talk about sex in church? YES we are! The bible has a lot to say about sex and our society is obsessed with sex...so we need to talk about it. Are some things wrong or are there many gray areas when it comes to love and sex?
In a world that does not believe in one truth, everything is a gray area. Are there truly black and white, right and wrong areas or 50 Shades of Gray?
Not a Gray Area: Sex ____________________
They say, “It’s ok. We’re in love. It’s a gray area.”
Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 1 Corinthians 6:18
Premarital sex is not a gray area. It’s a sin.
Drink water from your own well—share your love only with your wife. Proverbs 5:15
Sexual boundaries begin with relationship boundaries.
“You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27-28
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander. Matthew 15:19
We must guard our hearts against immoral thoughts.
___________ is Not Gray
Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin. Leviticus 18:22
They traded the truth about God for a lie. So they worshiped and served the things God created instead of the Creator himself, who is worthy of eternal praise! Amen. That is why God abandoned them to their shameful desires. Even the women turned against the natural way to have sex and instead indulged in sex with each other. And the men, instead of having normal sexual relations with women, burned with lust for each other. Men did shameful things with other men, and as a result of this sin. Romans 1:25-27
Our society strives not to offend anyone except God.
God, we’re ok offending.
any believe a lie that God is ok with a gay lifestyle.
If a man marries his sister, the daughter of either his father or his mother, and they have sexual relations, it is a shameful disgrace. Leviticus 20:17
Not all marriage is right God’s eyes.
We LOVE all people but the Bible is black and white about sin.
____________________: isn’t a Gray Area
A man must not defile himself by having sex with an animal. And a woman must not offer herself to a male animal to have intercourse with it. This is a perverse act. Leviticus 18:23
Not a Gray Area: ______________________
is Always Wrong
Don’t you realize that your bodies are actually parts of Christ? Should a man take his body, which is part of Christ, and join it to a prostitute? Never! And don’t you realize that if a man joins himself to a prostitute, he becomes one body with her? For the Scriptures say, “The two are united into one.”
1 Corinthians 6:15-16
There is a soul-tie established in sexual relationships.
So not a Gray Area: ____________________
You must never have sexual relations with a close relative, for I am the Lord. Leviticus 18:6
This chapter basically covers any sort of relative you can think of. Step___, half ____, Aunts Uncles, In-laws, etc.
I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. 1 Corinthians 5:10-11
We are to love unbelievers and introduce them to Christ. For followers of Christ, we encourage them to holiness.
Among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God. Ephesians 5:3 (niv)
Stay away from dirty jokes, sexual books, movies, TV.
My Next Steps this Week:
I Commit to:
Attend a Connect Group THIS week!
Invite a Friend to Pam Stenzel Next Sunday
Repent of an Unbiblical View of Sex
“No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Luke 16:13
As His Bride, anything that we put before God, is spiritual adultery.
As we give today, we believe the Lord will open the windows of heaven and pour out a blessing we can’t contain. This includes:
Jobs and Better Jobs Raises and Bonuses
Benefits Sales and Commissions
Favor in Settlements Estates and Inheritances
Businesses and larger businesses Interests and Income
Inventions and Investments Rebates and Returns
Checks in the Mail Gifts and Surprises
Finding Money Debts Being Paid
Bills Decreasing and Blessings Increasing
In Jesus’ Name. So Be It!
House of Praise Pastor Lon Dean
2/8/15 Scriptures are New Living Translation (nlt) unless noted otherwise