1 Corinthians: A Question About Sex
Passage: 1 Corinthians 7:1–9
SERMON NOTES for 01.09.2022
“A Question About Sex”
1 Corinthians 7:1-9
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:
- Not bad or dirty (vs.1-2)
- We are given sex and our sexuality by God
- We are given a context for sexual satisfaction, which is marriage.
- One purpose for sexual intimacy in marriage is to fight temptation. This helps the church live into holiness.
- Not one-sided (vs. 3-5)
- Each spouse is to surrender their rights for the good of the other.
- “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)
- Sex should never be used as a tool for manipulation.
- It is completely incorrect to use this passage to deny someone, even yourself, the ability to say, “no.”
III. Not ultimate (vs. 7-8)
- One does not need to have any sexual experiences in order to know God, be a complete person, or to be fulfilled.
- CHRIST IS SUPREME!
“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.”