• Tony Birkhead

Culture Crash Week -4



God’s Standard is Always a Guardrail to Safety!

INTRODUCTION

Was sex ever talked about in your home growing up?


What were you generally told about sex?

KEY SCRIPTURE

Matthew 19:3-6

Some Pharisees came to him to test him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any and every reason?”

4 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 6 So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. 11 And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

Hebrews 10:26

If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:9, “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.”


What do you think this verse means?


Why does sexual sin have such a stigma in the church?


If God defines the standard, how do we treat those who don’t meet God’s standard?

Christians?

Non-Christians?


How do we walk through Hebrews 10:26?

MOVING FORWARD

  • If the opportunity is before you to speak to someone you know about sexual sin, how will you handle it?

  • How can we as a group be better prepared?

PRAY TOGETHER

Pray that you keep your home and marriage pure. Pray for those you know who may be struggling in the area of sexual sin.

COMMENTARY

Matthew 19:3-6

9:3 First-century Pharisees who associated themselves with Hillel’s school were liberal toward divorce. They permitted it for virtually any reason, including such ridiculous grounds as the wife burning her husband’s supper or having physical defects like bushy eyebrows.

19:4-6 God ordained marriage both by creation and command. He created two complimentary genders, male and female, and commanded one man and one woman to unite in marriage. Since God ordained marriage, human efforts to dissolve it constitute an attack on God’s own work.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11

6:9-11 Believers should not be deceived into thinking that unbelieving judges (the unrighteous) and their slap-on-the-wrist verdicts about serious sin can render justice in the church. These people have no inheritance in God’ s kingdom. Only believers, who are washed... sanctified, and justified, can rightly judge sins (v. 1). Paul’s Corinthian readers would also take this admonition as a cause for asking themselves if their behavior matched that of “the unrighteous” or that of the “washed,” the “sanctified,” and the “justified.”

Hebrews 10:26

26–27. These verses contain a warning which resembles the words of Hebrews 6:4–6. The act of sinning deliberately involved a willful sin for which the Law of Moses did not provide clear forgiveness (see Num. 15:30). The Law promised forgiveness for sins of ignorance, but willful sins had no remedy. As believers, we have assurance that “if we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins” (1 John 1:9a). Willful sins can receive divine forgiveness, but people involved in these sins often fail to seek God’s forgiveness by repentance.

The sin against which these believers were warned involved a deliberate rejection of the truth of the gospel. Some were apparently considering leaving Christ to return to Judaism to avoid persecution. Anyone who rejected the sacrifice of Christ for sins would not find any other means of handling sin. Some of the readers of Hebrews were in danger of spurning the only way God had provided to remove sin. Thus the warning that they would find no other path to God open. If they abandoned Christ, they would face only a fearful expectation of judgment. This describes eternal judgment on those who were not believers. No sinners should expect deliverance when they are guilty of trifling with the living God.

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