May 26, 2019 Message Notes

“You Are Not Your Own”

Micah 6:8;1 Corinthians 6:12-20 NIV

“You are not your own; you were bought with a price.;
therefore honor God with your body.”

Message Notes:

Introduction: Synod is receiving a report entitled:
“A Foundation-Laying Biblical Theology on Human Sexality”

1. “Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but  whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body.” I Corinthians 6:18.

-          Obedience or Disobedience                - Gratitude or Ingratitude

-          Service or Rebellion                                - Covenant Faithfulness or Unfaithfulness

2. Sexual immorality often sins against another person.

-          Sexual abuse needs to be condemned.

-          Sexual abuse is so vile because God is so good.

-          Justice is ensuring an outward standard of rightness is followed. 

3. Paul explains why sexual immorality is so wrong.

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit,
who is in you, whom you have received from God?
You are not your own; you were bought at a price.”
1 Cor.6:19,20.


4. “Therefore honor God with your bodies.” I Corinthians 6:20.

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy,
to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God
- this is your true and proper worship.
Do not conform to the patterns of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-
His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
Romans 12:1,2. 

5. Five tools in our tool box combating sexual immorality.

1.       Confession and Repentance

2.       Receiving Forgiveness and being able to Forgive

3.       Compassion, listening and being able to suffer with.

4.       Biblical Justice is about reconciliation and restoring relationships.

5.       The Apostle Paul compares love of husband and wife with Jesus and Church.  

Small Group Questions:

1.       Where do you believe the greatest struggles around sexual immorality are today?

2.       How does sexual immorality sin against another person?

3.       How have you experienced your body as a temple of the Holy Spirit?

4.       How have you experienced your body under the Holy Spirit’s management?

5.       In what ways do you see people around you offering their bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to the Lord?

6.       How does confession help us combat sexual immorality?

7.       Are there places in your life where you find it difficult to forgive?

8.       What issues of justice do we need to work harder on establishing standards of rightness?

9.       How do relationships give glory to God in and through their sexuality?

Karin Terpstra