Sunday, February 19, 2012

Countdown to Rekindle 2012

14 days until Rekindle!!!

Rekindle 2009: Session 5 - The Sex Talk by Mickey Connolly
1 Thessalonians 4:1-8
  • The Standard (v1-3)
    • v1-2 - the general command - Live to Please God
    • v3 - the specific command - Abstain from Sexual Immorality
      • What is sexual immorality?
        • any sexual activities or thinking (lust - desire) by guys or girls outside the bounds of heterosexual marriage (lust, porn, making out, cuddling, sex, and everything in between)
      • What is the standard?
        • total abstinence
  • The Strategy (v4)
    • Deal with the Temptations
      • Avoid it (Romans 13:14)
      • Flee it (1 Corinthians 6:18)
      • Resist it (1 Corinthians 10:13)
    • Develop Competing Affections
      • Sexual evil is both thrown out (by vigorously fighting bad things) and squeezed out (by the new, dominating presence of good things. - David Powlison
      • Passion for the Lord
        • You will never win the battle with yourself simply by saying no to yourself. That battle only begins to be won when you say yes to the call of your King, the Lord Jesus Christ - Paul Tripp (A Quest for More, 99)
      • A high vision for marriage and moral purity
      • Keep busy
  • The Motives (v6-7)
    • God (v6-7)
      • v 7 - a supreme calling (Matthew 5:8)
      • v 6 - a serious warning (Psalm 16:11)
    • Others (v6)
      • In general - 1 Corinthians 13:5, 7
        • How far should I go? As far as you would want someone else to go with your future husband or wife. - CJ Mahaney
      • Your future spouse - Hebrews 13:4
    • You (v7)
      • 1 Corinthians 6:18
      • Sensuality is easily the biggest obstacle to godliness among men [and women] today and is wreaking havoc in the Church. Godliness and sensuality are mutually exclusive, and those in the grasp of sensuality can never rise to godliness while in its sweaty grip. - R. Kent Hughes (Disciplines of a Godly Man, 24)
  • The Strength (v8)
    • Galatians 5:16
    • A Story of Forgiveness and Hope - John 8:1-11
  • Application
    • Is there anything that you believe the Lord would call you to repent of in this area? Is there someone you have wronged in this area and need to ask forgiveness of?
    • Where do you believe you are in most need of the Lord's help in this area? How can you begin to pursue accountability to help you grow and honor the Lord in this area?

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