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1 Corinthians: A Question About Sex

January 9, 2022 Speaker: Pastor Tiffany Flanagan Series: 1 Corinthians

Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:1–9

SERMON NOTES for 01.09.2022  

“A Question About Sex”  

1 Corinthians 7:1-9

Main Point:  

Sex is good in the context of marriage, but our sexuality is not ultimate.  

Three guidelines to help us think about sex in the Christian life today:  

Sex is…  

  1. Not bad or dirty (vs.1-2)  
  2. We are given sex and our sexuality by God  
  3. We are given a context for sexual satisfaction, which is marriage.  
  4. One purpose for sexual intimacy in marriage is to fight temptation. This helps the  church live into holiness.  
  5. Not one-sided (vs. 3-5)  
  6. Each spouse is to surrender their rights for the good of the other.  
  7. “Marriage is not a place to ‘stand up for your rights.’ Marriage is a decision to serve  the other, whether in bed or out.” (1 Cor. 7:4-5, Message Translation)  
  8. Sex should never be used as a tool for manipulation.  
  9. It is completely incorrect to use this passage to deny someone, even yourself, the ability  to say, “no.”  

III. Not ultimate (vs. 7-8)  

  1. One does not need to have any sexual experiences in order to know God, be a complete  person, or to be fulfilled.  

Psalm 16:11  

“You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal  pleasures at your right hand.”