AUTHENTIC CHURCH | The Gospel and Holiness | 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12
SERMON RECAP: We live in a sexually charged culture—sex is everywhere. We respond by either making too much of sex or too little of it. Sex is not just physical; it’s a deeply spiritual act; it’s the mingling of souls. God’s will for our sexuality is crystal clear in this passage: that every follower of Jesus would be sanctified (or set apart) in their sexual purity. Followers of Jesus are to abstain from sexual immorality and learn to control their bodies in holiness and honor. Sex is a good gift when enjoyed in the context of marriage between one man and one woman.
BIG IDEA: God changes our lust into love so we can please God and love others.
Read 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12. Read the passage and consider the following questions. Use the text to back up your answers.
1. How does the gospel help us understand the purpose of sex?
2. Define sanctification, holiness, and sexual immorality.
3. How does sexual immorality harm you? How does it harm others?
4. What are some practical ways we abstain from sexual immorality?
6. What’s the role of the believing community in learning to control our bodies in holiness and honor?
“The love of God and the love of the world, are two affections, not merely in a state of rivalship, but in a state of enmity—and that so irreconcilable, that they cannot dwell together in the same bosom. We have already affirmed how impossible it were for the heart, by any innate elasticity of its own, to cast the world away from it; and thus reduce itself to a wilderness. The heart is not so constituted; and the only way to dispossess it of an old affection, is by the expulsive power of a new one.” --The Expulsive Power of a New Affection, Thomas Chalmers
PRAY TOGETHER AS A COMMUNITY GROUP.
PRAY OVER YOUR OIKOS DOCUMENT.
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