Sex Talk

Apparently life in Thessalonica 2,000 years ago was a lot like life here in Lake Worth today. Based on 1 Thessalonians 4:8, there was a tendency to listen more to man than to God concerning areas of "sexual immorality" (3), "holiness and honor" (4), "passion of lust" (5), "impurity" (7), and "holiness" (7).

Therefore he who rejects this does not reject man, but God, who has also given us His Holy Spirit.

When it comes to living and walking in ways that are pleasing to God and in step wiht His will, we really do need to disregard man and listen carefully to God. But there seems to be a closed ear regarding the ways of God concerning sexuality. Closed to God, anyway . . .

This Sunday, August 15, we will be studying 1 Thessalonians 4:1-12 where we will see some valuable insights on how the believers in Thessalonica walked as they were said to be "in God's will" and living in "sanctification" (4:3).  We will see how they "walked to please God" (1) by:

1. Abstaining from sexual immorality (3-8)
2. Loving one another (9-12)

The church of Thessalonica is a great example to us (possibly the best example of all the first century churches) concerning how to walk to please God. They were doing it!!! And Paul says "keep it up" (last week's sermon theme).

This week: Keep abstaining from sexual immorality and Keep loving one another.

Read 4:3-8 and come out on Sunday to find out.

One statement from the Apostle Paul that captured my attention is in verse 6 of chapter 4. The statement is:

"as we told you before hand and solemnly warned you."

Yes, the believers in Thessalonica had been "solemnly warned" about sexual immorality. And we have also been warned.

So, be warned by God in His Word and see the seriousness of the consequences when we do not "abstain from sexual immorality".

To prepare for Sunday, I encourage you to read God's Word about sexuality and God's warnings:
Proverbs 5:1-23
Ephesians 5:3-7
1 Corinthians 6:9-11 and 10:8-11
Matthew 5:27-30
Deuteronomy 22:13-22
Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13
Romans 1:24-27
Jude 7
Genesis 1:27-28, 31 and 2:24-25
Ephesians 5:25-33

Friends, we need to hear from God in this area of sexuality because we are listening way too much to man about it.

Don't be scared. I'll not make it awkward.

But come out Sunday and let's hear together from God on a very important subject.

See you Sunday,
Pastor Paul

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