• David Rogers

Abstaining From Sexual Immorality


"Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul."(1 Peter 2:11, ESV)

" 3 His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, (2 Peter 1:3, ESV)

Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God; 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you. 7 For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God, who gives His Holy Spirit to you." (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, ESV)

3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality;"

Reject sexual Immorality with self control!

3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor,

"A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls." (Proverbs 25:28, ESV)

"7For God has not called us for impurity, but in holiness. 8 Therefore whoever disregards this, disregards not man but God... who gives His Holy Spirit to you."

Sexual Immorality is never safe!

3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor, 5 not in the passion of lust like the Gentiles who do not know God;... 6 that no one transgress and wrong his brother in this matter, because the Lord is an avenger in all these things, as we told you beforehand and solemnly warned you.

Week 5 - Abstaining from Sexual Immorality

Sunday’s message instructed us from 1 Thess. 4:1-7 about the importance to control our bodies in holiness! To the world, this is seen as an antiquated, unnatural, and even inhumane teaching- -even some ‘christian’ views (which are not christian at all) have begun to jettison this view of sexuality from a practicing faith. Today, we will look at a passage from Paul, written to the church at Corinth about this very topic.

As a group, turn to 1 Cor. 6:12-19 as read aloud as a group.

1. V12 sets up this whole passage. Let’s look closely at this verse. There are three

categories in this verse what are they?

2. How does this verse fit with the passage from Sunday?

It is no coincidence that Paul starts this passage about sexual immorality with the notion of being enslaved and controlled. Paul tells us in this passage to strive for the things that are beneficial for us--and not to settle for the things that society says are permissible or ‘ok’. People who struggle with sin in this area often feel like they are not in control of their own bodies,so Paul continues this train of thought in v13. Let’s examine this verse closely together now.

3. Let’s look at the first part of this verse, “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”. As a group discuss why Paul would seemingly switch from the topic of sex to speaking about food?

4. When we are hungry, what do we typically do?

Now let’s look at the second part of v13, “and God will destroy both one and the other”. Here Paul is rebuking the Corinthian view that because the body will be destroyed--there is no value in controlling the body and fleshly urges--only to soul matters! So, let’s treat sex like food--when we want it, we find it--no matter what the form or source--all that matters is that our appetite is quenched!

5. As a group discuss the dangers of treating sexuality like this? Do we not see that this is exactly how our society treats sexuality?