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The following blog post contains notes and application questions from our March 24, 2019 message, This is My Body.

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SUMMARY of the sermon

Pastor James’ message continued our series, entitled, “The Right-Side-Up Gospel for an Upside-Down Church” from 1 Corinthians. James preached from 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 from his message, we see:  

Introduction

  • Does a train run better on the tracks or off tracks? Of course, it only runs on the track. If it derails, it eventual stops moving. It runs best on the tracks. It runs free, forward, and full.

  • Similarly, we live most free within boundaries - Liberty with limits.

  • Additionally, everyone has a worldview. Worldviews shape our thoughts, form our desires, guide our words, and motivates our actions. Worldview is our fundamental perspectives that shapes the way we live.

  • Paul had warned the Corinthians about the danger of deception, the danger of believing and applying the worldview of Corinth in 1 Corinthians 6:9.

  • Apparently, some of the Corinthian Christians were engaging in sexual relations with temple prostitutes. They had not been transformed in the way they thought and behaved. They were living like the world around them (see Romans 12:1-2).

Paul’s Counsel (1 Corinthians 6:12-17)

  • You have a wrong view of freedom

    • You are free in Christ. However, your freedom is limited.

    • Paul gave them two limits to their freedom

      • Edification – is it “helpful.” Does this activity build you up spiritually? Does it build up the body of Christ? Edification is about the promotion of spiritual growth in developing the character and conducts of Christ?

      • Enslavement – is it “dominating?” Does this activity put you under its authority or power? Have you repeatedly tried to stop this activity? Do you blame others for your failure to stop? Do frequently commit this sin even though it does not please God?

  • You have a wrong view of the body

    • The body is not merely for fulfilling appetites.

    • You are significant, and your body matters because

      • Your body is for the Lord (1 Corinthians 6:13)

      • Your body is destined to be raised (1 Corinthians 6:14)

      • Your body is a member of Christ (1 Corinthians 6:15-17)

      • Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:18-19)

      • Your body was purchased at a price (1 Corinthians 6:20)

      • Your body is made for the royal purpose of glorifying God (1 Corinthians 6:20)

  • You have a wrong view of sex

    • They believed they had the freedom to do whatever they wanted without limits.

    • They believed sex was merely physical and temporal. They degraded it to animal-like activities. Therefore, they treated others as objects rather than who they indeed are

    • However, God-honoring sex is far more personal, healthy, beautiful, uniting, and far nobler.

    • It is not merely physical; it also spiritual. It is not just temporal; it is enduring.

    • The biblical view of sex is that it is a union of a man and woman in marriage

Paul’s Commands (1 Corinthians 6:18-20)

  • Flee sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 1:18)

  • Glorify God with your body (1 Corinthians 1:20)

Key Takeaways:  

Free people know the truth; free people live out what they know. Free people live within limits. Free people live honestly and transparent lives. Free people live without anxiety. Free people stand on the gospel truth and are solely depended on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Free people are new. Free people reflect God in and through their lives.

Bringing It Home: (Reflect, request, respond)

Reflect: QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION AND DISCUSSION

  1. Read 1 Corinthians 6:12-20. What are the major themes in this section?

  2. Read 1 Corinthians 6:12. The people were using the phrase “all things are lawful for me,” as a rationalization for sinful behaviors that they were doing. However, Paul gives two limitations to our freedom. What are they?

  3. Read 1 Corinthians 6:13. The Corinthians were also using a phrase, “food is for the stomach and the stomach for food.” By using this phrase, they were associating sexual activities with fulfilling appetites for food. What are other thing people do to fulfill their “appetites?”

  4. How does Paul respond to their thoughts that their bodies were merely for fulfilling sexual appetites? Who controls the body? Who controls the food?

  5. Read 1 Corinthians 6:13-14. What is the purpose of the body and what is God going to do with our bodies?

  6. In 1 Corinthians 6:15, Paul states that the Christian’s body is a member with Christ. How can that fact help to be a corrective for someone struggling with life dominating sins like sexual immorality?

  7. What Old Testament passage does Paul quote in 1 Corinthians 6:16 and what is his point?

  8. Paul gives them a command to follow to deal with sexual immorality in 1 Corinthians 6:18. What is the command? How can we apply that to other areas of sin, not merely sexual sin?

  9. What does 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 teach about the connection between the Holy Spirit and our body? What are some of the implications of this truth?

  10. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19-20. What price was paid to redeem you and to purchase your body? What are some of the implications of this truth?

  11. 1 Corinthians 6:20, commands us to glorify God with our bodies. To glorify means to reflect and display God through our bodies. What are some ways we can do that?      

request: PRAYer and praise

  • Ask God to help you to be more Cross-centered in your life

  • Confess and repent of any sins that are in your thoughts, words or actions that are connected to habitual sin patterns in your life.

  • Ask for the Holy Spirit to help you leave a life of habitual sin and bask in the forgiveness and freedom of cross of Christ.

Respond: applying what you have learned

  • How can you love God more through what you have learned? (read, study, meditate, memorize, share)

  • How can you love others more through what you have learned?

Additional RECOMMENDED RESOURCES

  • Suggested Scripture Study: Read Genesis 2:24; Job 31:1; Proverbs 6:27; Matthew 5:27-30; Romans 8:13, Romans 12:1-2; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5-10; 2 Timothy 2:22; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Peter 2:11; James 1:21-27

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