Messages at CenterPoint Church in Brunswick, GA
What Else Do I Need To Know About Sex?
Sex is everywhereSexual messages are confusingSex was God’s ideaGod has a plan for your sexualityHow far is too far?
SEX MYTHS THAT NEED TO BE EXPOSED
Myth #1: It’s OK to have sex if you’re in ________________.
1 Corinthians 13:4
Myth #2: The rewards are ________________ the risks.
Myth #3: Sex will ________________ us closer.
Don’t confuse Intensity with Intimacy
Myth #4: I need to “test drive” before I ________________.
SEX TRUTHS THAT NEED TO BE SHARED
Truth #1: Waiting is the most powerful way to say “ ________________ ” to your spouse.
Truth #2: Waiting is the most powerful way to ________________ God with your life.
1 Corinthians 6:18-20Some of you are great at honoring God at ________________, but at ________________ you’re not getting it done.
Truth #3: God will bring peace and more satisfaction than you could ever ________________ of.
Truth #4: A life that’s committed to God’s way will never lack ________________.
One Last Thought: You are ________________.
Fasting and Prayer for Protection
21 Then I proclaimed a fast there, at the river Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from him a safe journey for ourselves, our children, and all our goods. 22 For I was ashamed to ask the king for a band of soldiers and horsemen to protect us against the enemy on our way, since we had told the king, “The hand of our God is for good on all who seek him, and the power of his wrath is against all who forsake him.” 23 So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
The Believers Pray for Boldness
23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant,[a] said by the Holy Spirit,
“‘Why did the Gentiles rage,
and the peoples plot in vain?
26 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers were gathered together,
against the Lord and against his Anointed’[b]—
27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
Believers are strengthened by Jesus‘ __________________. v4-5
1 Thessalonians 5:16 Rejoice always.
Psalm 139:7-10 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend to heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me.
Believers are strengthened by Jesus’ __________________. v6-7
1 Thessalonians 5:17-18 pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Believers are strengthened by Jesus’ __________________. v8-13
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinks within himself, so he is.
The byproduct here is the contentment found in… Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
What’s the Bible Teach About Sex?
Review last week…
Sex is everywhere:Result is high knowledge and low wisdom
Sexual messages are confusing:Result is loneliness, confusion, scared
Males & Females react to sex different:Result is broken relationships
Sex is progressive:Result is distorted, glamorized, and normal
My choices about sex are going to be based on…
THE BIBLE’S TAKE ON SEX
1. Sex is God’s _____________ – He _____________ it
Genesis 1:27-28Genesis 1:31
2. God has a _____________ for your sexuality
Genesis 2:21-25Matthew 19:4-6School Math:_____________ God’s Math: _____________ 1 Thessalonians 4:3-5
Sex is an act so powerful to bring life to another human being. God wants that to be in the context of the most loving relationship you can have.
3. Sex is far more than physical _____________
______________________– be fruitful & multiply, make babies______________________– it’s fun______________________– glorify God when it’s in the proper context
ACTION STEPS TO TAKE
______________________ whose word you’re going to follow. Society – Self – Scripture______________________ about your future. A Godly marriage starts when you’re in M.S. & H.S.______________________ to trust God to help you win the battle.
The Equipping Church
To be equipped you must ___________________________. v7-11
7 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift. 8 Therefore it says, “When He ascended on high, He led captive a host of captives, And He gave gifts to men.” 9 (Now this expression, “He ascended,” what does it mean except that He also had descended into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He who descended is Himself also He who ascended far above all the heavens, so that He might fill all things.) 11 And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers,
Romans 12:6-8 “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
To be equipped you must ___________________________. v12
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ;
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”
To be equipped you must ___________________________. v13-16
13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. 14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; 15 but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, 16 from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.
Hebrews 5:12-13 “For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you have need again for someone to teach you the elementary principles of the oracles of God, and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is not accustomed to the word of righteousness, for he is an infant.
What’s The Big Deal About Sex Anyway?
SEX: There is no greater subject you hear about-in the media-that affects your daily existence
4 Truths About Sex
1. Sex is EVERYWHERE
Result: High knowledge-low WISDOM
2. Sexual messages are CONFUSING
School: “this is how to do it”Friends: “no big deal…everyone’s doing it”Church: “don’t do it until you’re married”Parents: varies; “don’t”, “be safe”, “try it out”
Result: Alone, Confused, FRIGHTENED
3. Males and Females REACT to sex in different ways
Guys : Most guys think about it all the time, are very visual, and their sex drive is always on.
Girls: Love is their dominant emotion, their sex drive is like a crockpot instead of a microwave.
Result: Broken RELATIONSHIPS
4. Sex is PROGRESSIVE
1940’s-1950’s majority view: Traditional Marriage1960’s: Sexual revolution began 1970’s: Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion1990’s: STDs began to really grow with 20 million cases2000’s: 200 million cases of STDs
Result: Sex is distorted, glamorized, and NORMAL
ACTIONS TO CHANGE YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF SEX
1. Understand that the sexual decisions you make today WILL have LIFE-LONG effects
Biggest lie many believe: Sex is purely physical
2. Evaluate what you accept as NORMAL
Murder vs. Sex (Satan loves this)
3. Commit to God’s PLAN for your sex life