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Thursday, March 15, 2007

High Voltage Outline - March 4, 2007

I realized this morning, that I hadn't posted the outlines from either March 4th (before the Restoration Trip) or March 11th (this week). S

So, here is March 4th's:
What’s the BIG Deal with Sex?
Part 4 – What does the Bible say about sex?
High Voltage- March 4 – Jim Clark
Jesus said to the people who believed in him, "You are truly my disciples if you keep obeying my teachings. And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:31-32
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
CULTURAL FAKES FOR INTIMACY
1. Sex OUTSIDE OF marriage is normal
So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” Genesis 2:20-23
Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Hebrews 13:4

2. A SAME SEX physical relationship is no problem (embrace alternative lifestyles)
For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. Gen 2:24
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14
They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion. Romans 1:25-27

3. A FANTASY-FILLED life is no big deal
You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. Matthew 5:27-30
FINDING THE INTIMACY YOU CRAVE
The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 1 Corinthians 6:13

1. EXPERIENCE God's love (our real desire is to be intimate with HIM!)
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19

2. EXPRESS God’s love (pursue healthy relationships that model HIS love!)
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Ephesians 5:1-3

3. ENJOY God’s Plan (pursue HIS best through obedience!)
Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the patter 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

The Bottom Line: The Bible is CLEAR that this is a plan and purpose for sex… And when followed properly, sex is an INCREDIBLE GIFT.


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Jim

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