God & Sex: Why Does God Care Who I Sleep With? (08.26.19)
Open in prayer and then sit in 3 minutes of silence to shift focus toward this time of seeking God and practicing the way of Jesus.
Hearing & Responding to Scripture
Slowly read through this week’s core sermon scripture: Matthew 5:27-28.
Prayerfully reflect with these questions for 5-10 minutes, and discuss with a partner or group:
- What stood out or surprised you in this scripture?
- What are the implications of adultery of the heart happening when we look at another lustfully? How does Jesus understand sexual immorality?
- What questions would you have for Jesus about sexual ethics? How do you imagine he would respond in light of this verse?
Respond to the Sermon
Reflect on this Sunday’s sermon from Sam Alberry, especially these three aspects of Christian sexual ethics:
- Consent – Humans are free and should not be coerced into sex
- Mutuality – Humans are meant to give oneself fully to one partner exclusively within the safety of a marriage commitment
- Spirituality – Humans get to be connected to God and his purpose in sex as in the rest of life, and the greatest fulfillment comes from unity with Jesus, the bridegroom of the church
Discuss as a group or split into smaller groups for more room for vulnerability:
- What were you most intrigued or challenged by in Sunday’s sermon?
- If prompted into repentance, feel free to confess to one another in smaller groups, and then take a moment to pray for one another.
Intercede in prayer for one another, for those you know who need prayer, and for God’s will to be done in our city.