Sexual Behavior

Sexual Behavior

1 Thessalonians 4:2–5

21% of Gen Z – premarital sex is wrong
Millennials – 19%
Homosexual behavior is morally wrong
Gen Z – 20%
Millennials – 23%

I. Always Been Strict
A. Dt 22:20–22
1. 23 Man lies w/ engaged virgin in city, both die b/c she didn’t cry out
2. 25 In country no one heard her scream – kill the man
3. Law protects sexual purity of marriage
B. Adam and Eve – be fruitful and multiply
1. Ge 2:18 Not good for the man to be alone
a. V. 20 not found a helper suitable for him
2. Ge 2:22–25
3. Wants them to enjoy
4. Pulls them together – makes them one flesh
5. Physical, emotional, psychological union
a. Should also be spiritual union

II. Marriage – building block of civilization
A. From garden of Eden
B. Mt 19:3–9
C. Makes marriage relationship special
1. 1 Co 6:16–17 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.” 17But the one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.
2. Gives an intimacy you have nowhere else
3. Self-control – creates confidence that spouse can trust you no matter what

III. Everyone Has Instinctual Limits
A. Pedophilia, necrophilia, incest, bestiality
1. Lev 18 – incest, example after example
2. Le 18:22–23 ‘You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination. 23‘Also you shall not have intercourse with any animal to be defiled with it, nor shall any woman stand before an animal to mate with it; it is a perversion.
B. Don’t need anyone to tell you those are wrong
1. What if society decides those are ok?
a. Will that make them ok?
b. No – there’s a standard independent of human opinions – from God
c. He designed, created for a purpose
d. Marital sexual relationship serves that purpose
e. Anything else is wrong – immoral
C. Actual limits – only in marriage bx man and woman

IV. Know How To Possess Your Vessel in Sanctification
A. 1 Thess 4:4 that each of you know how to possess his own vessel in sanctification and honor,
B. Mt 5:27–30
C. Forgiveness is available in Christ
1. 1 Co 6:9–11

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