Our Flow with Sex
Topic: Exposition Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 4:1–4:8
JW-13—If the kids haven't had the talk, they need to walk (to WellKIDs)
Our Sexual Moment
Our Time and Culture
Community, Holiness and Hope: 1 Thessalonians 4 in Context
Living to Please God (verses 1, 2)
This is the will of God (verses 3-5)
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
A Contrast in Cultures
Calling in Community (6-8)
Transgression and Wronging
God: The First Avenger
God’s Calling in Community
What to do?
Community Meditation Questions
Growing in Knowledge
- In what ways does our society make sex into the ultimate thing? How do we treat sex with a godlike status in our culture?
- Paul brings up sex right in the middle of his discussion of joy in community, holiness and our hope in the second coming of Christ. Does this seem like a hard right turn? Read the end of 1 Thessalonians 3, then chapter 4 verse 9 and following. Does a discussion of sexual immorality seem to “fit” here?
- Look at the strong language in 1 Thessalonians 4:6-8 and cross reference this with Hebrews 13:4 and 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. In light of a theology of sex/marriage, why does God address the use/misuse of our bodies with such gravity.
Feeling Life Deeply
- How can Christian conversations about sex seem shallow and behaviorist?
- How does the gospel address guilt and shame for sexual sin? Remember back to our eXL series to the two goats.
Living with Courage
- What are the difficulties we encounter when courageously “living as a contrast” to the world around us in this area?
- Single friends: In what ways can you help one another in community to abstain and “possess your own vessels”? Married friends. In what ways have you imported false views of sexuality into your marriage bed? What does repentance look like for us? Faith?