SEX AND SEXUALITY: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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SCRIPTURE

1 Corinthians 6:12-20
12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body. 

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. 

BIG IDEA

  The Christian view of sex is far different than the other three predominant views in the world today. It doesn’t say, “sex doesn’t matter” like the licentious view; it doesn’t say, “follow your desires” like the secular view; neither does it say, “squash your desires” like the legalistic view. The Christian view says, “channel your desires.”

  Sex is not insignificant, God, or gross. Rather, it is a divine gift to be enjoyed within the covenant of marriage between a man and a women. Anything outside of this is sexually immorality (porneia). We are to flee from sexual immorality because it’s sin against God, against others, and even against ourselves. Surprisingly enough, the answer to sexual immorality is not sexual morality. Paul doesn’t simply say, “Flee from sexual immorality to a proper sexual ethic.” What does he say? Flee to Jesus! We don’t simply need a new morality; we need a new Master (vv. 19-20). We need to flee to the One to whom we belong. “You are not your own, you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body” (vv. 20). 

  There at least two reasons that Jesus buying us on the cross helps us flee from sexual immorality: 1) it reveals where true joy can be found, and 2) it reveals where our true value can be located. Instead of looking for joy in sexual immorality, we can be assured that following Jesus’ plan for sex will bring us the most joy. After all, He is so committed to our good He bought us back from sin and death with his own life. Instead of looking for our value in our sexual identity or activity, we can flee to Jesus knowing our ultimate value is in Him. He loves us deeply, and paid a high price to buy us back from our sin. “You were ransomed…not with perishable things such as silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ” (1 Peter 1:18-19). 

DISCUSSION

1. Read through 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 and discuss what stands out to you. 

2. Which of these views do personally see most today? *Licentious, Secular, Legalistic, or Christian

3. What is sexual immorality? Why does Paul say it’s bad for us spiritually? Can you think of ways that sexual immorality is bad for us physically? 

4. What does Paul say the answer is to sexual immorality? Is this surprising to you? What do you think he means? 

5. Jesus bought us back from sin and death on the cross. What does this tell us about where true joy can be found? What does this tell us about where our true value can be located? 

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