Matthew 19:4-6, 9-12 (NKJV) And He answered and said to them, "Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate… And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery" His disciples said to Him, "If such is the case of the man with his wife, it is better not to marry." But He said to them, "All cannot accept this saying, but only those to whom it has been given: For there are eunuchs who were born thus from their mother’s womb, and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven’s sake. He who is able to accept it, let him accept it."
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (GW) Don’t you know that wicked people won’t inherit the kingdom of God? Stop deceiving yourselves! People who continue to commit sexual sins, who worship false gods, those who commit adultery, homosexuals, or thieves, those who are greedy or drunk, who use abusive language, or who rob people will not inherit the kingdom of God. That’s what some of you were! But you have been washed and made holy, and you have received God’s approval in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God.
1 Timothy 1:9-10 (GW) For example, a person must realize that laws are not intended for people who have God’s approval. Laws are intended for lawbreakers and rebels, for ungodly people and sinners, for those who think nothing is holy or sacred, for those who kill their fathers, their mothers, or other people. Laws are intended for people involved in sexual sins, for homosexuals, for kidnappers, for liars, for those who lie when they take an oath, and for whatever else is against accurate teachings.
Matthew 24:9-12 (NLT2) “Then you will be arrested, persecuted, and killed. You will be hated all over the world because you are my followers. And many will turn away from me and betray and hate each other. And many false prophets will appear and will deceive many people. Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold.
Psalm 18:30-31 (NLT2) God’s way is perfect. All the LORD’s promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection. For who is God except the LORD? Who but our God is a solid rock?
Luke 7:37-39, 47-48 (NLT2) When a certain immoral woman from that city heard he was eating there, she brought a beautiful alabaster jar filled with expensive perfume. Then she knelt behind him at his feet, weeping… Then she kept kissing his feet and putting perfume on them. When the Pharisee saw this, he said to himself, “If this man were a prophet, he would know what kind of woman is touching him. She’s a sinner!” “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” Then Jesus said to the woman, “Your sins are forgiven.”
John 1:14 (NIV) The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. The glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
PLEASE NOTE: The subjects dealt with in this series are eliciting strong emotions that are easily exploited today. It’s VERY likely there are persons in your group who don’t look at these issues exactly like you do. Begin your discussion time with prayer, claiming Colossians 3:15.
What factors do you think have led to some of the changes in our cultural thinking on sex and sexuality on the last 20 years? Where do you see us moving as a society and why? What steps can we take as individuals to maintain a healthy Biblical perspective on these types of issues?
Why do you think it is so difficult to really trust what God says about these types of issues? What do you think it would take to live the way that God calls us to live? Is it possible in the 21st century to live a sexually pure life? What are things in our world that make it even harder to turn away from sexual temptation? Read Psalm 119:9 and share your reflections.
Of the various thoughts conveyed today through this message, which challenged you the most? Which did you find the most insightful or helpful?
In your group, discuss the statement, “It’s not as much about what you feel as it is what you do with what you feel.” What was your takeaway from that section of the message? To what area of your life can you apply that statement?
Elementary Parents – Our bottom line today is be brave and tell the truth. Ask your child who needed to tell the truth. (Esther) Was it scary to do so? (Yes, she could have lost her life.) Esther told the truth even when she was afraid, and an entire nation was saved. Talk together about the reasons why telling the truth can be scary. Then, ask God to help you tell the truth, even when it is scary!
With a passion for Christ that is undeniable, Shane directly involves his listeners in each message. He speaks with high energy and delivers powerful teaching that is relevant to current life issues.