God, Sex, and Marriage
- How does pornography and lust warp the way we relate to God and others?
After succumbing to sexual sin, how should the Christian respond?
- See http://www.desiringgod.org/articles/seven-things-to-do-after-you-look-at-pornography
- In Matthew 5:28, Jesus says “everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” Although some may not actively watch pornography or have extra-marital affairs, what are some culturally acceptable sins that this verse would call adultery? Consider how sexuality is portrayed and displayed on TV, in magazines, etc.
- How can we protect ourselves and flee from lust?
- What is at stake when we are tempted to sexual infidelity? (Think of the pharmaceutical analogy and the side effects)
- What are ways we see God’s good design for us in marital sex?
- Lust promises intimacy but instead provides shame and isolation. How can the redeemed Church family fulfill the promises for belonging, acceptance, intimacy, and love that some may seek fulfillment in sexuality? Discuss specifically how married couples can uniquely provide this for singles and how singles can provide this for married couples.