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The official sermon audio podcast of Genesis Church, located in Eureka, MO.

    Sex, Marriage, and Singleness, Part 4

    Sex, Marriage, and Singleness, Part 4

    Enough talk about bad sex---this week we are looking at God's design for good sex. Paul begins answering the question about marriage by sharing the rhythm and purpose of sexuality within marriage. While a bit candid and racy, this text lays out a clear plan for a married couple. Actually, the whole of Scripture has some interesting, and shall we say, open things giving married couples permission to love and please each other with their souls and their lives. They belong to Christ first, and then to each other. Their bodies are not their own. To deprive one another is sin. So, it is the call to Christian husbands and wives to serve their spouse in their sexuality and in their spirituality.

    • 55 min
    Sex, Marriage, and Singleness, Part 3

    Sex, Marriage, and Singleness, Part 3

    At this time in the history of our faith, nothing puts us in the crosshairs of our culture more than the sexual ethic set forth in the Scriptures. At every level, our culture is telling us that we must abandon the ideals set forth in the Scriptures and embrace sexual freedom.

    Nothing new here, every culture has a sexual ethic and values that contradict the Biblical prescription. But more than this, the ease and accessibility of sexual temptations makes the challenge of living holy lives difficult. We are sexual beings and our sexuality is an incredible gift given by God. His desire is to display His glory through people who receive this as a gift, but whose lives are different from the world.

    So, how do we remain faithful to God's call to holy sexuality? First, we have to know our identity in Christ and trust in His grace and goodness. Second, as Paul makes clear, we need to run away, rather than running to, our temptations. We need help and community to make this happen.

    • 1 hr
    Sex, Marriage, and Singleness, Part 2

    Sex, Marriage, and Singleness, Part 2

    In the midst of our culture's confusion about sexuality, many believe that the best response for Christ-followers is to take a loving posture of open acceptance, approaching people with the loving arm of grace. Others will see the need to stand on truth in an unwavering conviction and clarity. Those from both approaches will look to Jesus as the model to follow, while often focusing on different elements of His life and ministry.

    Make no mistake, Jesus was clear about the Biblical teaching on sexuality; yet, his posture toward people was deeply loving and compelling.

    We need to take a good look at how the Gospel will shape our words, posture, and lives as God calls us to faithfully represent Christ at this moment in time.

    • 1 hr
    Sex, Marriage, and Singleness, Part 1

    Sex, Marriage, and Singleness, Part 1

    It may be that no question is more vital and more controversial than the issue of marriage and sexuality. For 2,000 years, the church has held a very clear and specific understanding of this topic which was basically echoed in the culture. But, times have changed.

    Confusion and questions about sex are not new. In fact, Paul writes to the Corinthian church to address their lives and answer their questions about marriage and sex.

    We are starting a mini-series this morning, from within our 1 Corinthians series, on Sex, Marriage, and Singleness, spending the next few weeks wading through 1 Corinthians 6 and 7. We begin today by looking at the entire story of the Bible, and we will examine the overall picture of our sexual identity and God's purpose for giving sexuality as a gift to His people.

    • 58 min
    Such Were Some of You

    Such Were Some of You

    The Gospel is so much more than a ticket to heaven. When a person truly believes the Gospel, it gives them a new identity. We are people who have been washed, set apart as holy, and justified in Christ. How tragic it is when people with this new identity fall back into patterns of life set by the world around them. The world without Christ will not inherit the Kingdom of Christ, and they will base their identity on values and behaviors that reject the righteousness of Christ. We all were there at one point, but if we have Christ, we are not those people anymore!

    One way the Corinthians revealed that they did not understand this new identity was by suing each other, demonstrating hearts of greed. They dealt with their disputes and arguments just like the culture around them. The plea here is so helpful as we figure out how to live our new identity in Christ and serve as reflections of His glory in our world.

    • 52 min
    The Grace of Discipline

    The Grace of Discipline

    Church discipline is one of the most difficult topics to broach. It feels harsh to confront a person in rebellious sin and even go as far as removing them from fellowship. The Scripture passage today reports that the Corinthian church had a member who was in a relationship with his step-mother and they were showing up each week at church. The church was welcoming them as if there was no problem. Even the immoral Corinthian culture thought this was weird. Paul says they are to deal with this brother and to cut off fellowship.

    Sin is like leaven, which will fill the loaf, but we must be careful. Too often the church has been harsh with outsiders about their sin while overlooking sin within the church. We are to flip that, having non- judgmental friendships with people in our culture, while being clear about sin within the church. Discipline is an act of loving grace for those in sin and for the entire church when done with truth and humility. And, it maintains the Christ-exalting witness of the church in the culture around us.

    • 58 min

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