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Holy Living in a XXX World

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Sermon shared by Kevin Higgins

June 2003
Summary: Believers must accept Godís authority and will regarding sexual issues.
Denomination: Baptist
Audience: General adults
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Sermon:
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
Holy Living in a XXX World

Introduction

Before I begin this morningís message, I want you to know that this message is really not suitable for our younger children. If you would like to dismiss your children to childrenís chapel you are perfectly welcome to do so. I think that any of the kids who are teenagers should hear the message. Iíd like to add this also, that I preached this message several months ago on a Sunday evening. I have found that it is easier to deal with these subjects on Sunday evenings, but since many of you do not come I am compelled to preach it when you are here.

Today we are talking about holy living, or sexual purity. Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:13-16Ö

"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: but as he which hath called is holy; so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, be ye holy; for I am holy."

Peter said that it was written that we are to be holy because God is holy. He was quoting Leviticus 11:44, which says,

"For I am the Lord your God: ye shall therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye shall be holy; for I am holy: neither shall ye defile yourselves with any manner of creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

One thing ought to be very clear to you this morning Ė one of Godís chief desires for you and me is that we be holy, that we be like Jesus Christ in His divine attribute of holiness, and if we are to study our Bibles and be honest and open about what the Scriptures teach, then we cannot escape the fact that a key issue in holiness is the subject of sex. I am finding that this is perhaps one subject that Christian people like to discuss the least Ė at least in the light, and most donít enjoy hearing it from the pulpit. Itís not that Christian people arenít talking about sex or arenít exposed to it. Quite the contrary! Everywhere you go it is a hot topic. Every evening most of you invite it right into your living rooms and donít think too much about it. Itís in the papers, on TV, on the radio, in our schools and everywhere else you can think of.

Because sexual issues are confronting Godís people so frequently, and because it is a frequent subject in the Scriptures, it is necessary for us to deal with the subject today. It is an issue that effects both men and women, and more and more it is involving boys and girls. This is not a new problem. Sometime when you get home take a moment to read through Leviticus 18 and notice that God had to take time to spell out very specifically His desires for the Israelites concerning sexual purity. It deals with such things as pedophilia, incest, beastiality, homosexuality, adultery and so forth. God had to get graphic with those folk because He already knew what man left to his own devices would do. Godís desire for you as His people is that you be sexually pure in every way, both in the light and in the dark, both in public and in private, so that your character is consistent with your reputation. Godís people must be a people of sexual purity and integrity.

Letís read our text in 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 and then I want to lead each of you to make some clear choices concerning your own sexual
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