Sunday, September 15, 2019

God's Design for Sexuality

As part of our pastor's Viewmaster Series, we are studying the Bible as it relates to our Biblical Worldview concerning "hot topics" of today.  Today's lesson is about God's design for sexuality.  The world will tell us that all sorts of sexual identities and practices are "normal" or acceptable.  However, sex was created by God and He has a design for it.  It is important that we know what God's design for sexuality is.  Our worldview on this topic should be shaped by God's Word, not the world.

God's Design for Sexuality

Our pastor quoted a sad statistic.  He says that only 10% of the American population believes in an absolute truth.  Even more sad, 80% of professed Christians make decisions based on how they feel, rather than the truth of Scripture.  Friends, our feelings should NEVER supersede the revelation of Scripture.

You are invited to watch, listen, and worship with us here as our pastor preaches this sermon.  My notes on this sermon are found below the video.

God's Design For Sexuality. | September 15, 2019 | Pastor Jeff Crook from Christ Place Church on Vimeo.

God's Design for Sexuality

1.  God's Design

Loveless truth and truthless love are BOTH wrong.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. - Genesis 1:27
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said,

“This is now bone of my bones,
And flesh of my flesh;
She shall be called Woman,
Because she was taken out of Man.”
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. - Genesis 1:18-25
God created only 2 sexes to compliment one another for the purpose of creating children in the context of marriage.  

Current worldly culture tells us that there are different ways to look at this but God has already spoken His design for sexuality and His plan (design) for human flourishing is evident throughout the whole Bible.

God's Word is VERY CLEAR about what we are to NOT do.
You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. - Leviticus 18:22
It's right there in the Bible.  The Bible clearly states that homosexuality is an abomination.

When we step out of God's design, we are stepping into sinful rebellion.  God's design for gender identity is just as specific as sexuality. 
A woman shall not wear man’s clothing, nor shall a man put on a woman’s clothing; for whoever does these things is an abomination to the Lord your God. - Deuteronomy 22:5
This verse in Deuteronomy is not talking about women wearing jeans or men wearing a pink shirt.  This verse speaks to women pretending to be men and men pretending to be women.  Like homosexuality, the Bible calls this practice an abomination.

The roots of gender rebellion are in atheistic evolution/revolution. 
For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries. - Mark 7:21
Read the entire chapter of Leviticus 18 here at Bible Gateway.  This chapter clearly describes God's design for sexuality from the Old Testament to the New Testament. 

Both marriage and celibacy are blessed by God.
Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?”  And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let no man separate.” They said to Him, “Why then did Moses command to give her a certificate of divorce and send her away?”  He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses permitted you to divorce your wives; but from the beginning it has not been this way.  And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery.”

The disciples said to Him, “If the relationship of the man with his wife is like this, it is better not to marry.”  But He said to them, “Not all men can accept this statement, but only those to whom it has been given. For there are eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb; and there are eunuchs who were made eunuchs by men; and there are also eunuchs who made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. He who is able to accept this, let him accept it.” - Matthew 19:3-12

Food is for the stomach and the stomach is for food, but God will do away with both of them. Yet the body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body. Now God has not only raised the Lord, but will also raise us up through His power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take away the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? May it never be! Or do you not know that the one who joins himself to a prostitute is one body with her? For He says, “The two shall become one flesh.” But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.  Flee immorality. Every other sin that a man commits is outside the body, but the immoral man sins against his own body. Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body. - 1 Corinthians 6:13-20

2.  Our Rebellion

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loin coverings. - Genesis 3:6-7
All sin comes out and when it comes out, it hurts.  

Sin will take you further than you want to go, cost you more than you want to pay, and make you stay longer than you want to stay. (I'm not sure who originally said this, but I remember this same true statement from one of my earlier Beth Moore or Priscilla Shirer Bible studies.)
For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures.

Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. - Romans 1:21-27
When we violate God's divine design, we bring judgement upon ourselves.
There is a way which seems right to a man,
But its end is the way of death. - Proverbs 14:12

3.  Hope for Sexual Sinners

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” And the woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” - Genesis 3:13
We are ALL broken, but just because you have a "feeling," you don't have the freedom to act on it.

It is import for us to remember that we should not "throw stones" at one another.  

We need to stop excusing our behavior and repent.

Allow God to transform you into a person living under His divine design.

As Christians, what is our roll?  We are to stay true to Scripture and love people back to Jesus.

View all posts in this View-master Series here.

God's Design for Sexuality

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