Summary: A sermon on sexual sin and the sanctity of the human body from 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. Outline taken from Doug Goins http://www.pbc.org/messages/6424
Sermon for 1/20/2006
Sanctity of Human Life Sunday
This Sunday is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. It is held on the closest Sunday to the anniversary of the Jan. 22, 1973 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to legalize abortion in the Roe v. Wade case. There are about 46 million abortions a year worldwide and about 126,000 abortions a day, according to The Alan Guttmacher Institute. According to Focus on the Family, 44 percent of all American women will have an abortion at some point in their lifetime.
A. What produces most of these abortions? It is the result of an unwanted pregnancy.
B. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure is especially true in this area. This morning we are going to tackle this issue with the Bible. The letters to the Corinthians give the most guidance on sexual issues than any other section of the Bible.
C. Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20.
D. First century Corinth was a lot like our society today. As a matter of fact, their culture was sex saturated like ours. The temple of Aphrodite (Diana), the Greek goddess of sex, dominated the city. It was like a tourist center. People from all over the world came to worship sex at this temple. There were about 1,000 temple priestess (prostitutes) that would help one in his worship. In this environment, the Christians struggled to maintain lives of purity and chastity. Some of these baby Christians in Corinth were still actively involved in sexual immorality, specifically in prostitution. Old habits die hard!
E. We don’t have prostitution here. Bridge the gap from their culture to ours- Doug Goins- I have a dear friend of mine, who has walked with the Lord for years. He was talking about how he accepted the Lord in college, and how he was overwhelmed with the joy of having his sins forgiven and his conscience cleansed. Then, he said, he found out he had to quit sleeping with his girlfriend. Nobody had told him that was part of the deal and it was a very difficult pattern to break. To him, that was normal.
Thesis: This morning we are going to talk about sexual sin and the sanctity of the human body.
I. Sexual sin
A. The high cost of sexual sin. Everything is permissible for me- but not everything is beneficial. Vs. 12
1. It seems that the Corinthians are using some of Paul’s own quotes to justify this.
2. Paul was a great champion of Christian freedom. (Col 2:16 NIV) Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day.
3. (Gal 5:13 NIV) You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. Paul is talking about freedom in Christ and for Christ. All things are not good, helpful, expedient, profitable, or beneficial. Do not indulge the sinful nature!
4. Sexual sin brings tremendous disadvantage. Nothing has more built in problems and destructiveness than sexual sins. Just look in the newspaper!