SEXUALITY IN OUR CULTURE: AN OPEN DOOR FOR THE GOSPEL
Colossians 4:2 - 6, ESV
David Platt, MBC Pastor-Teacher | November 3, 2019
COLOSSIAN 4:2 – 6
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving. At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison – that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
THE GOSPEL AND SEXUALITY . . .
1. Every one of our bodies is wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139:13-16).
Babies are aborted today because they have a cleft pallot. Because of small diformaties.
2. Every one of our bodies is ultimately created for God (Genesis 1:1; 1 Corinthians 6:13; 10:31).
Be true to yourself is what the world tells us. Regardless of what you say, yourself or the culture says. So we need to ask the question, what if that isn't true. That everything doesn't revolve around you. What if everything revolves around God. It's not self gratification. It's about God glorification. That foundation changes everything. The focus is not be true to ourselves, but be true to God. Since he did create the world. The Bible starts with, "In the beginning, God".
3. Every one of our bodies is supernaturally designed by God to be satisfied in God (Psalm 63; 1 Corinthians 6:13).
God is for the body. God is for your body. When our feelings, thoughts and desires go against God's design, it's easy to think we aren't for God.
4. Every one of our bodies is sexually defined by God for our good and for the gospel (Genesis 1:26-28; 2:24-25; Ephesians 5:22-33).
He brought a man and a women to come together in marriage. Marriage between a man and a women designed by God. Your gender identity is not a social construction, But a Godly identity.
So why do we have odd thoughts about confusion?
5. We are all prone to sexual confusion, deviation, and rebellion against God (Genesis 3:1-7).
There is confusion in this world. Feel desires for others. Our culture says, if we have a desire, we should be allowed to fulfill it. Our culture says if we can't help our desire, we can do it. But let's be obvious. We all have desires, but we choose not to do it. We all have hearts that are prone for sexual confusion. For temptation. We are all born with an inclination away from God and what we want for our lives. We don't always choose our temptations. We do choose our reactions to those temptations. Our culture says it's okay to give yourself over to any desire or temptation. This is the wrong side of history. God says we can trust him. We are ALL prone to sexual confusion. We are all guilty of sexual sin.
6. We are all guilty of sexual sin and separated from God (Romans 1:18-3:23; 1 Corinthians 6:18-20).
7. We are all desperately in need of reconciliation to God (Psalm 51:1-12).
We all want to be happy. To be fulfilled. In our culture, we have convinced ourselves that sexual freedom is the key to our fulfillment. What if our culture is good to us. But it is not good to God? Our greatest need is our reconciliation to God. The greatest need in our life right now is our reconciliation to God.
8. Jesus has made a way for all of us to experience restoration to relationship with God (Romans 5).
Everyone one of us has turned from God to our selves. We need to turn from ourselves and back to Jesus and God. We have become selfish.
9. Jesus has made a way for all of us to enjoy our ultimate identity in God (Galatians 2:20; Colossians 1:27; 3:1-11).
Because of Jesus, we can have Jesus to reconcile us to God.
Do we really want to try to understand God or simply just argue with God?
10. We all have a choice: reject and defy God in life or repent and trust God as life (Mark 1:15).
Will we put our trust in our desires or put our trust in God?
THE CHURCH AND SEXUALITY . . .
#1 – Pray to God steadfastly with alertness in the world and gratitude in our hearts.
Don't stick your head in the sand when it's going on in the world around you.
#2 – Share the gospel clearly in the opportunities God opens.
#3 – Live wisely according to God’s Word in the time and place we’re in.
We are so quick to complain, but so slow to get on our knees.
#4 – Speak graciously with God’s love for the people we’re around.
Even if we disagree with ideas, we advocate for those people and love those people in their ideas. We go to anyone that feels marginalized. We need to be caring in God's word.