Message Series: Paul and the Roman World – Engagement of Gospel and Culture
PATRW: Paul and Sexuality
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
Thanks for a fantastic Passion Week Crestview! From Palm Sunday to Good Friday to our Easter worship and feast, GOD IS GOOD. This Sunday we wrap our series on Paul and the Roman World: Engaging Gospel and Culture, with the theme Paul and Sexuality.
When it comes to the Biblical Worldview on sexuality, it’s good to take the broad overarching view of Scripture. Sure, there are specifics mentioned all over the Bible on the goodness, the badness, the gone wrongness, and the redemption of our sexuality. And there are some beautifully helpful, sweeping guiding principles that speak deeply to the gift of sexuality, its boundaries for blessing, and the call to stewardship of it. So we will touch on a few of them Sunday.
For example, 1 Thessalonians 4 says, “Each of you should learn how to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God.” Or 1 Corinthians 6, “Flee from sexual immorality. 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 body.” and Romans 12, “I urge you brothers and sisters to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, this is your spiritual act of worship.”
In the 60’s and 70’s we went through a sexual revolution. I’d say we are in the throes of another one. What is God calling us to be, say and do in the midst of our current cultural space? What is God honoring when it comes to our bodies? How might the understanding of ‘our bodies not being our own, but belong to God’, be a good place to start? Incredible implications for living no matter what position, single or married, or stage in life you are in.
Yes, this is too much to cover in a Sunday message as entire books can be and have been written on human sexuality. Good thing we have the Good Book and the gift of daily discipleship opportunities both personally and corporately. It’s a lifelong, ongoing journey, see ya Sunday if not before.