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Abstinence VS. Purity (3/20/16)

Happy Monday Everyone! We’re excited to bring you the update from Part 2 of our “VS. The Battle Is Won” Series.

We kicked off tonight by splitting into groups and praying for our schools and the boldness to live out our faith on our school campuses. You can check out a short clip of that below.

Prayer

After we we’re done praying we did a three legged race relay game. We purposefully paired the youth up with people of different ages and sizes to make the race more difficult. The purpose of this was to show the importance of your spouse and life partner being someone someone who enriches your life and physically and spirituality, instead of making life more difficult. Make sure to check out the video of the game below!

Three Legged Race

We had a great time of worship to set up the message, “Abstinence VS. Purity”. We talked about how our culture had become obsessed with sex. It’s in music, TV shows, movies, commercials, etc. Today’s culture views sex as a pleasure to have with whoever and whenever you want. Many times, the church is on the complete opposite end of the spectrum as they preach and stress abstinence. The approach we took with the message was not “What the World Says About Sex” VS. “What the Church Says About Sex”. Our approach was “What the Church Says About Sex VS. “What the Church Should Be Saying About Sex”.

The truth is that you can be abstinent and not be pure. For example, if you’re refraining from sex but looking a pornography, you’re not living a pure life. Many times we’re given the idea that sex is bad—we shouldn’t think about, ask about it, etc. We you have this view it creates a weird and awkward situation when you get married because what you’ve believed is bad all your life is now what you’re supposed to be doing!

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20NIV,

“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? Shall I then take the members of Christ and unite them with a prostitute? Never! 16 Do you not know that he who unites himself with a prostitute is one with her in body? For it is said, “The two will become one flesh.”17 But whoever is united with the Lord is one with him in spirit.

18 Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your bodies.

He also says in Philippians 4:4-9NIV,

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Paul tells us that just because we have the freedom to make our own choices doesn’t mean that all choices are necessarily healthy and beneficial for us. He goes as far as telling us to FLEE sexual immorality (Kind of like the boy in kindergarten running as fast and far away from the girl chasing him so he doesn’t get cooties!). Sexual immorality is an example that Paul gives us to illustrate being destroyed and enslaved by sin. Inappropriate sexual behavior has the ability to control us.

The truth is that God created sex and wishes for you to have an incredible sex life! (Parents, let me explain before you panic! Youth, let me explain before you tell your parents I said God wants you to go have sex!). God created sex for the marriage covenant to bring one man and one woman together in the closest intimacy. Sex outside of marriage comes with consequences, has the ability to control and destroy you, and goes against God’s design and plan for you.

For those who may have already made the mistake of having premarital sex— God can certainly heal you, the wounds you may have, and help to walk in the freedom he created you to walk in.

After the message we split back into our groups to discuss the message on a deeper, more age appropriate level.

The bottom line—abstinence without purity can still lead to trouble. Purity isn’t just doing the right thing, it’s also doing the right thing for the right reasons. Purity is also a mindset and attitude of the heart.

Have a great week!

-Pastor Dustin

 

 

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