April 23, 2017

Redeeming Our Sexuality

Passage: Colossians 3
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Bible Text: Colossians 3 | Preacher: Pastor Steve | Series: That They May Know…Christ
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Putting off…
List one: Sexual immorality
Moral impurity
Evil desire
List two: Anger
Filthy language
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Putting on…
List three: Compassion
Chosen by God
Redeeming Our Sexuality
Colossians 3:5-6 So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.
How Do We Honor Jesus?
We need to know what are His standards and values
The Bible Teaches Abstinence From All Sexual Immorality
1 Thessalonians 4:6-8 Never cheat a Christian brother in this matter by taking his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before. God has called us to be holy, not to live impure lives. Anyone who refuses to live by these rules is not disobeying human rules but is rejecting God…
Why Does It Matter So Much?
1 Corinthians 6:18 Run away from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.
We are in a battle for the hearts and minds and souls of our children, youth and adults.
What Are Some Of The KEY Messages Of The Culture?
Friends with Benefits
The Same is Lame
Adrenaline Addiction and Other Addictions
Personal Expression(s) without Boundaries
Why Does Sexuality Need Redeeming?
Our sexuality has been distorted and it has lost its original created purpose.
Today’s sexuality is dangerous to men and women, children and youth.
Contemporary sexuality has been taken out of the context of marriage and God’s design.
Secular sexual ideals have infiltrated the culture of the church.
Guarding Our Hearts
Proverbs 4:23-27 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.   Avoid all perverse talk; stay away from corrupt speech.  Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you.  Mark out a straight path for your feet; stay on the safe path.  Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil.
Our virtues train our attitudes and our attitudes dictate our choices and our choices decide our behavior and our behavior determines our destiny!
Where Do We Compromise?
Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
Be Persevering! Do Not Give Up!
GOOD Overcomes EVIL!
The Lord is ALWAYS more powerful than anything else!
1 John 5:4-5 For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?
Healthy Sexuality Maintains Healthy Trust With The Whole Body Of Christ
1 Corinthians 6:18 your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit
If you are in Christ you do not have the right to violate trust with the Body of Christ.
We must not live as “Casual Christians”
Healthy Sexuality Releases The Spirit Of God In Us
Sex Sin Assaults The Lordship Of Christ In Us
1 Corinthians 6:15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a harlot? Certainly not!
1 Thessalonians 4:3-5 God wants you to be holy, so you should keep clear of all sexual sin. Then each of you will control your body and live in holiness and honor — not in lustful passion as the pagans do, in their ignorance of God and his ways.
We Recognize It Is “Power From On High” That Gives Us The Strength And Perseverance To See Us Through The Battle
You will never move an enemy out from his fortified position apart from the impact of a force that is more powerful.
Our Power Source is the “Resurrected Lord.” The indwelling Spirit of God has endowed us with “power from on high” that will cleanse our hearts and minds:
Luke 24:49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high…

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