Sermons

Sex, The Elephant in the Room (2/2): More Than Feeling Good

31 March 2019
Dennis Loh, Assistant Pastor

MORE THAN FEELING GOOD
1 Cor 6:12-20
Series: Sex, The Elephant in the Room

Knowing that sex is a gift from God, how can we manage our sexual desires in a way that honours Him?

Discussion Guide 

1) I Do Not Live To Fulfil My Desires (12-14)

The Corinth church had certain sayings and justifications for sexual immorality. Which one do you think applies the most to society today? Why do you think so?

I can do what I want, I’m a free man Just like eating, sex is a desire to be satisfied Sex is just physical, YOLO (you only live once) as long as it hurts no one

Underneath each justification is the belief that “I live to fulfil my desires”. However, as Christians, we live to fulfil God’s purposes, which means that our body has a different purpose! What then is the compass of your life today? Why do you think it is important to first acknowledge God’s word as our compass before we can learn how to manage our sexual desires?

Why do you think people might feel like they are missing out if they are not able to experience sex? How does knowing that God has a higher purpose for each person help believers to cope with unfulfilled desires? How does taking our struggles one day at a time and trusting that God gives us enough grace to go through each day help believers who are struggling?

2) I Belong To Christ (15-17)

Why is it important that we recognise our body as belonging to Christ? How would the way we see our body affect the way we express our sexuality? Sexual behaviours of the past may not be forgotten, but they can be forgiven in Christ. How would this truth encourage believers seeking a fresh start?

In addition, how do you think confession to trusted individuals supports one in his or her journey of healing and restoration? How can the Life Group become a safe place for openness and accountability to support one another in this journey?

3) I Live To Honour God (18-20)

For those of us who are singles, how can we honour God with our sexuality? How can we tap His divine power, which enables us to live a godly life (2 Pet 1:3), to honour Him with our bodies? How can we look out for one another? If we stumble, how can we help one another to stand up where we fell? How can we develop healthy relationships that are fulfilling and meaningful?

For those of us who are marrieds, how can we honour God with our sexuality? What does it mean to mutually yield your bodies to serve and honour one another (1 Cor 7:3-5)? What barriers do you face in developing intimacy with your spouse? What are some practices you can establish to deepen your intimacy?

As a Life Group, how can we support singles and marrieds to honour God with our sexuality?

Reflection Questions 

1) I Do Not Live To Fulfil My Desires (12-14)
Why do you think it is important to first acknowledge God’s word as our compass before we can learn how to manage our sexual desires?

2) I Belong To Christ (15-17)
Why is it important that we recognise our body as belonging to Christ? How would the way we see our body affect the way we express our sexuality?

3) I Live To Honour God (18-20)
As a Life Group, how can we support singles and marrieds to honour God with our sexuality?