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Forewarned. Challenged!

I think it is appropriate to give you a heads up regarding the 4-week sermon series that begins this Sunday:  Sex by the Good Book: God’s Design for the Sexuality that He gave Us.  The content is highly appropriate for Junior High students and up, but probably a bit much for a 2nd grader.  But no problem there as Kid’s Connect returns to full-scale this Sunday.  So, you are forewarned.

I challenge you to engage with this series.  Many just find the whole idea of God and sex in the same conversation uncomfortable or inappropriate, so they just want to avoid it.  Christians have been doing this for so long that now the worldly culture has a far larger impact on how we perceive and possess our sexuality than God does…which is really sad since He is the one who gave it to us and uses it to teach us about Himself while the world uses it to move us further away from God.

But there are others who just don’t want to hear it.  They love the idea of a God who loves them, died for them, has an eternal plan for them that is good, and is there to help them through their problems. But when it comes to their sexuality, well…they really don’t want God involved.  And this isn’t an issue for just the young and single, but applies to young or old, married or single.  There are many married folks who have no interest in letting God shape their sex life with their spouse. This whole dynamic has been labeled “sexual atheism”.  When it comes to our sex lives, we live and want to live as if there is no God.  It’s sad.  It is spiritually dangerous.  It grieves God.

But I challenge you not to chicken out.  Why?  Let me be blunt, and this statement has been made by others as well, but what you believe about sexuality will determine what you believe about God…as Lord, as Redeemer, as Healer, His faithfulness, as well as what you believe the Bible teaches about truth, love, hope, sin, self-denial, etc. If you get this wrong, you will have constant struggles in your life with God. So engage, get it right, and live it through.

My prayer for this series is built on God’s Word: “For this is God’s will, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality, so that each of you knows how to control his own body in sanctification and honor, not with lustful desires, like the Gentiles who don’t know God.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:3-5).

Blessings,

Neal

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