This month I will begin a new sermon series: Love, Sex and God. If you’re interested in any one of those topics you shouldn’t miss it. In all honesty, the issues of love, sex and God consume all of our lives in one way or another. For some of us we find ourselves single and wanting to be married, wondering that if we follow God’s instructions on sex, will we end up doomed to a life of celibacy?
This fear is not unfounded because we live in a culture where sex has become a God unto itself. Therefore reserving sex until marriage raises the price on sex and that seems to be a price very few people are willing to pay. This isn’t just in our culture (that no one seems willing to pay that price), but it exists in the church as well.
The question becomes, not so much how do I get to the alter without having sex, but why would I want to do that in the first place? This is especially confusing when everyone around you seems to assure you that saving yourself for marriage is an outdated belief that will actually mess up your life.
Others of you thought that when you got married it meant you were going to have all the sex you wanted all the time, only to find yourself not having very much sex at all. This has left you wondering if somehow being faithful to your spouse is going to lead to a life of sexual deprivation.
In almost all of these situations the clash between love, sex and God is massive. We will spend four weeks taking that conflict head-on. We won’t just look for easy answers, but try to go deeper into the real questions, challenges and fears that are all wrapped up in the issues of love, sex and God.
The Bible has a lot more to say about the thorny issues of our relationships then perhaps we realize. We won’t simply be slapping Bible verses on complicated issues and acting like it’s easily solved. Instead, we’ll delve into the intricacies of who we are, the relationships that we were made for and the pathway that God has provided for us where we get to experience the blessing of love, the gift of sex and the pleasure of God. It really is possible and I can’t wait to share this series with you.