HONOR GOD WITH YOUR BODY
Uncovered, Week 1
Sunday, February 5, 2017
- Sex/sexuality/sexual identity are huge topics in our culture
- “Sex. We live in a world that loves it without understanding it.” – Denny Burk
- So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (798)
- Subordinate purposes for sex:
- Consumation Procreation
- Love Pleasure
- Ultimate purpose: Glorify or honor God
- God’s glory = All of God on display
- Glorify = To influence one’s opinion about another to enhance their reputation
Big Idea – As a benefit to us, God has given us sexual limits so we might freely honor God with our bodies.
TEXT: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 (795)
- Liberty Has Limits (12).
12 “I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything.
- The limits of liberty are LOVE and LORDSHIP
- Paul doesn’t debate the legality or the right to do anything, he makes the argument that not everything is BENEFICIAL (helpful, good, useful, expedient).
- LOVE should limit our liberty – Is sexual “freedom” loving?
- LORDSHIP should limit our liberty – what we allow to control our lives
- Repeats their argument, “I will not be mastered by anything.”
- I don’t want anything controlling me other than Christ
- Your Body Matters (13-17).
13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit,
- Equating appetites for food and sex (God gave me a stomach and an appetite for food and he gave me sexual organs and an appetite for sex)
- Paul: Your body is eternal and what you do with it matters (verse 14)
- Jesus didn’t just die to save your soul – He saved your body (soma – all of you)
- Your body is a part of the body of Christ (picture of the church) – should you take parts of Christ’s body and unite them with the body parts of a prostitute?
- Never / Strongest way to reject a proposition in the Greek language
- Uniting with someone sexually – kallao – “bonded together, glue, cement, adhesive”
- Sex isn’t just physical. It’s not just an appetite. It’s not just biology. If it is just biology, why does it wreak such havoc on people?
- Sex Has Purpose (18-20).
18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
- Sexual immorality – porneia – “sexual sin, sex outside of God’s parameters”
- Simple strategy for dealing with sexual immorality: Step One – Flee!
- Anselm: “Other vices are conquered by fighting, lust by flying.”
- When you run FROM sexual immorality you are running TOWARD God’s ultimate future for you.
- Fleeing from sexual immorality is what everyone wants everyone else to do.
- We have to change the question from: “How far is too far,” or, “what do I have the right to do”? to “Will this be honoring to God?”
- If you lived according to that ethic, would your life be healthier and happier?