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What do you not like about God? That's a question many believers rarely dare to ponder. But our dislikes of God govern much of our thinking, no matter whether we consciously ponder them.
This Sunday, we will be continuing our series on the Dividing Walls of our time by looking at the issue of sexual ethics. No matter a person's story or background, there is likely something in God's instruction to us on human sexuality that offends. In fact, if we're not offended by at least some of what God has to say about human sexuality, we probably aren't hearing him very well.
Sexuality is among the most powerful elements of our personhood, capable of producing both horrific ruin and wondrous glory. That's why our thoughts and conversations on it can be so explosive. There's a lot on the line. A lot of potential hazards.
That's also why God is so particular and clear in directing our sexuality. He means to protect us and steer us into flourishing.
So my invitation to you for this Sunday is simple: Come be offended. Not for the sake of offense, but for the sake of entering into true relationship with God. Come hear his word and wrestle with his counsel. This is the life of faith, not a therapeutic validation of our own wisdom, but a collision of our thoughts with the wisdom of our Maker.
- Pastor Mark
THIS COMING SUNDAY
DIVIDING WALLS: SEXUAL ETHICS
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
Pastor Mark Bergin
Human sexuality is a confusing jumble of desire and restraint. At times, cultures embrace a desire free-for-all, wherein almost anything goes. But inevitably the abuses that such lawlessness produces cry out for new restraints. Our present moment in North America is filled with such cries. We long for an expression of sexuality that protects the vulnerable, honors personhood, and fosters deep intimacy. And this is what God has for us. The sexual ethic of the Christian faith calls for our desires and restraints to be subsumed in love, a process that cannot bloom apart from the rich soil and repeating seasons of lifelong marriage. Sex is the sacrament of marriage. Much like the communion meal that the church receives in her marriage to Christ, sex is a tangible and bodily manifestation of the mystery of marital union between husband and wife.