Summary: Game of Human Sexuality is greatest "super-bowl" contest in our behavior. Proverbs has God's game plan for victory & shows us how to: 1 -Prepare for Temptation In Advance 2 - Know The Tempter’s Strategy to Defeat You 3 - Know the Consequences of Defeat..
Sermon: "Sexual Sanity In a Morally Broken World"
Series: "Wise Living in a Foolish World"
REV. BILL BOWDLE
Preached at Bethel UM Church, Bethel, OH 02/05/2011
Posted 2/6/2018 - Retired since 06/2014
Today’s Superbowl is biggest football game of year
Last year's Super Bowl drew largest audience in American television history, averaging 111 million viewers and 163 million people who watched at least part of the game.
Average cost of SuperBowl Advertisements this yr. $ 3.5 million dollars for 30 second ad..
Many of you will be in television audience for that game.
But there’s another game going on in our world. Bigger than the SuperBowl. Oldest game in existence.
Most passionate game on planet. You’re not just in the audience in this game. You’re a player in this game even if only in your mind.
If the statistics I read are correct some of you are having the battle of your life playing this game.
It’s the game of Human Sexuality..
This Game began for you when your biological parents kicked off your life with successful sexual activity.
From the very beginning you were either male or female in genetic makeup.
Terri Fisher, PhD, professor of psychology at The Ohio State University at Mansfield in the January 2012 issue of the Journal of Sex Research studied how often men and women think about sexual matters each day.
Results: men average 19x / day
women averaged 10x / day
God created first human parents male and female; He called his creation very good. God created and commanded
sexual activity between Adam & Eve “Be fruitful and multiply.”
If you think God doesn’t like sex just read the OT book of the Song of Solomon
It is is a very sexual book celebrating love between a man a woman.
Funny story: A father asked his son, aged 10, if he knew about the birds and bees.
"I don't want to know!" The child said, bursting into tears.
father asked son what was wrong.
His son cried out: "dad,at age six I got the 'there's no Santa' speech.
At age seven I got the 'there's no Easter Bunny' s speech.
Then at age 8 you hit me with the 'there's no Tooth Fairy' s speech!
And now you’re ready to give me the “There’s no Sex speech, and I don’t want to hear it.
He needn’t worry: Sex it here to stay...
Sex is God’s idea, God’s creation, part of God’s plan for his world.
The game of boy friends / girl friends, romantic attraction, courtship and marriage, sexual relations, childbirth and family is the oldest, most exciting, most universal game on the planet.
Very clearly in scripture, God created sexuality to enable a man and a woman to come together and to unite in physical and emotional intimacy as husband & wife.
Sexual intimacy is completely human, (But It is clear in scriptures that singles are fully human w/o sexual intimacy.
Jesus was fully human, but lived as a single w/o marriage.
So single people are completely and fully human whether or not they are married, or even if they never marry.)
God chose to use sexual intimacy as his opportunity to create new children in this world.
He has entrusted this gift of sexual capacities to human race expecting us to guard it carefully and to preserve
our sexual behaviors for the marriage relationship.
Sex is not Satan’s creation. But Satan has invaded the playing field of human sexual behavior, and he has intercepted God’s good gift so he can use sex as a tool of temptation to tackle and sack you to shame and defeat you, to kill your life with God and to destroy the oldest and most impt. institution on earth, MARRIAGE & THE FAMILY.
Satan is doing everything possible to disconnect sexuality from God’s
He tempts singles to sexual intimacy before marriage
He tempts married partners to adulterous relationships outside marriage with unlawful partners
He tempts some people to sex for hire with prostitutes He tempts some people to homosexual relationships
with same sex partners. He tempts other people to incestuous relationships within families. He tempts people to impose sex on others in rape or sexual abuse.
He tempts a huge % of people to solo sexuality by inciting their desire for printed or media pornography
He tempts a few people to perverted sex in relationships of bestiality with animals.
I tell you, the SuperBowl is small stuff compared to the game of Super Sexuality I’m talking about today.
I want to give some halt-time hints from the word of God, to help you manage your game.
Many chapters of Proverbs were written from caring father, Solomon, to his son.
Chap. 2,3,4,5,6,7 - open: To my son or sons
Chap. 5,6,7 - written esp. to warn about sexual entanglements with a partner outside marriage.