Sermon Notes & Slides 04.26.2015
1 Corinthians 6:9-20
Pastor John Sloan
God & Sex [The Divine Purpose Behind Human Sexuality] – Pastor John Sloan
Introduction: It’s fairly easy, when we look around and take note of the ethical climate of our day, to conclude about this post-everything landscape: The world has never been so morally bankrupt. But if we go back 2,000 years and consider the situation in the Roman Empire during the first century, we realize that rampant sexual immorality is nothing new. But just as the problems have ancient origins, so do the answers …
Questions for Discussion & Discovery
1. Why does the Apostle Paul choose these particular sins (cf. vv. 9-10) to make up his list of kingdom-precluding vices?
2. How does the way we live reflect the inner condition of our hearts?
3. “We are not defined by our desires.” What does this statement mean? And, why is this especially significant in our day?
4. How do we know that God is concerned with what we do with our bodies?
5. Is all sin the same to God? Why or why not?
6. How has the Holy Spirit convicted you recently? In what ways has He comforted you by His presence?
1. 01. “I can live however I want, sexually and otherwise, and expect God to accept me.”
2. “’Sex change’ is biologically impossible. People who undergo sex-reassignment surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. Rather, they become feminized men or masculinized women.” – Dr. Paul McHugh
3. 02. “A person’s true identity can never change.”
4. “The gospel of Jesus is not an invitation to do better or try harder, it is a death certificate that unfolds into a new birth certificate, providing us with a renewed identity.” – Peter Hubbard
“The Bible offers something more hopeful to people wrestling with homosexuality than the eradication of symptoms (i.e., same-sex desires). What God promises is His presence and faithfulness. His presence to hold His children through any storm of life until the day of resurrection; His presence as our Helper to empower us to walk wisely and resist sin; and His faithfulness to complete his work of redemption in our lives.”
– Jeremy Lelek
6. 03. “What I do with my body is solely my business.”
7. “Christ uses our physical bodies to further the cause of the gospel and to foster his fellowship. We, therefore, are his hands and feet.” – Simon Kistemaker
8. 04. “Strength and sincerity are the keys to overcoming sexual temptation.”