We began our new series yesterday, Meant to Be, a series about the Bible’s kept secrets on sex, marriage and being single, based out of 1 Corinthians 7. The title of this week’s message was taken directly from the text, “It is good for a man not to have sexual relations with a woman.” There were 4 points to the message (my pen and paper were happy).
1. Questions and Issues
My husband said that historically the church is really good at answering the questions no one is asking and being silent about issues people are really facing. There are questions that we ask and questions that we live. God is not as concerned about answering my questions as he is about dealing with my issues.
2. Suggestions and Standards
We live in a world of sexual suggestions but there are some sacred standards. God’s boundaries enable me to enjoy God’s blessings. When you go against God’s standards, you don’t break them, they break you.
3. Desire and Duty
Paul teaches us that sex is not about what you get, it’s about what you give. Having your desires met in a relationship is a byproduct, not a goal. If you go into a relationship leading with desires, it always leads to disappointment. We often want the gift of the relationship without giving the gift of ourselves.
4. Gifts and Grace
The ultimate gift that God gives is grace. He gives us grace to face whatever our situation is. If we are in a difficult marriage, He gives us grace. If we are single and struggling with loneliness, He gives us grace. The gift IS the grace.
This is going to be an awesome series. If you missed it, I hope you will go and listen. You can watch it later today on the Elevation Network, in our archive and on our podcast. And don’t forget, every sermon is also available on the Elevation App for your smart phone.
Have a great Monday!