Sex appears to be everywhere we look. Billboard, magazine, and television ads constantly bombard us with the notion that sexual allure will be ours if only we will purchase and use the product being promoted. But are our sexual desires actually a thirst for transcendence—a thirst that can be quenched only by Jesus?
Table of Contents
SCRIPTURE: Genesis 38:1–26; Judges 14:1–2, 15:1, 16:1; 2 Samuel 11:2–4, 12:9, 13, 1 Kings 11:1–4; Psalm 51:1–10; Ecclesiastes 2:1–3, 10–11; Matthew 5:27–28; John 4:5–26; Romans 1:18–27
• The Issue
What ways have you noticed sexuality emphasized more in large metropolitan areas than in rural areas?
How has the church traditionally painted an evil picture of sex? How does this attitude border on the Gnostic heresy that the physical is essentially evil?
• The Scriptures
Why do people seek sexual excitement after rejecting their Creator as Paul describes in Romans 1:18–27?
Samson in Judges 14:1–2; 15:1; 16:1: How is Samson an example of a person who hops from one relationship to another and never learns from his experience?
• The Application
Sample application questions:
What commercials on television have you seen that link sex to the products they promote?
How can a church teach a balanced view of sex?
ARTICLE FROM CHRISTIANITY TODAY
• Not Naked Enough, by Philip Yancey (March 1990, 9 printed pages)
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