sexual sin & purity

A Woman Caught in Adultery (John 8:1-11)

In the story of the woman caught in adultery, Jesus famously tells the woman that He does not accuse her. This has been used to justify a “Who am I to accuse anyone?” attitude of tolerating sinful lifestyles in the modern church. In this lesson we take a deeper look into this story, to get a clearer picture of who Jesus is: willing to extend mercy; yet insisting on repentance. We also consider an example of how this story was used to challenge and instruct leaders in the early church.

Lessons from the Book of Ruth

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The story of Ruth is an inspiring tale of three unlikely individuals, who God would use in a remarkable way to accomplish His purposes. This study takes a close look at the character strengths of Naomi, Boaz, and Ruth, who set a standard for Christians today, that we might also be made useful for the designs and plans of our Great Redeemer.       

Tamar's Story; Joseph Sent to Prison (Genesis 38-39a)

With Joseph sold into slavery by his brothers and bound for Egypt, the story of Genesis takes a strange detour as we are introduced to Tamar, who, facing a terrible situation, deceives her father-in-law Judah and bears twins. We see how God works through her story to produce a line of kings, from which the Christ would come....

Lessons from the Life of Joseph

There are many tremendous lessons to learn from the life of Joseph.  This sermon looks at two of them:  1) Joseph's high standard of purity and 2) his ability (through years of mistreatment) to see God's hand work good out of evil, to save the lives of many people. We are called to imitate Joseph's example of righteousness and faithfulness, without growing bitter or resentful during difficult times.

1 Corinthians 7:1-16 - Divorce and Remarriage, and Instructions to Marrieds

In this passage, Paul addresses specific issues related to those who are married in the church, including married couples fasting, sexual relations, and divorce and remarriage.   This lesson covers Jesus' teaching on marriage, the foundation on which Paul builds.  Jesus' teaching shocked his disciples, as it was a radical departure from societal norms.  The challenge for us in understanding this (and any other) Biblical topic, is to ensure that all the Scriptures fit together without contradiction.  This lesson puts forth the beauty and wisdom of God's plan for marriage.     

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 - Immorality and the Body as the Temple of the Holy Spirit

In the second half of chapter six, Paul addresses immorality in the Corinthian church.  Paul explains the importance of the physical body, that Christians are united with Christ, and that our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit.  This lesson looks at these blessings and the responsibility Christians have to keep their temples holy.  We look specifically at the sin of pornography and images that pollute our bodies.

1 Corinthians 5 - Sexual Immorality and Expelling an Immoral Brother

In 1 Corinthians 5, Paul turns to a new and serious matter: the church's failure to expel from the congregation a brother involved in sexual immorality.  This lesson covers the Biblical definition of sexual immortality, Paul's and Jesus' admonition and example of dealing with Christians who refuse to repent of serious sin, the reasons why most churches disobey Paul's clear instruction, and the consequences for failing to do so.