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Vintage love marriage_celebration_6.24.12

  1. 1. Where We’ve Been So Far… - The PERCEPTIONS on Marriage - The REALITIES of Marriage - The PROMISE of Marriage - The MISSION of Marriage - The CHALLENGE of Marriage - The DESIRE for Marriage(TODAY) - The CELEBRATION of Marriage
  2. 2. Ephesians 5:1-3Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearlyloved children & walk in the way of love,just as Christ loved us & gave Himself upfor us as a fragrant offering & sacrificeto God. But among you there must not beeven a hint of sexual immorality, or of anykind of impurity, or of greed, because theseare improper for God’s holy people.
  3. 3. 1 Corinthians 7:3-5…Each man should have sexual relationswith his own wife, & each woman with herown husband. The husband should fulfillhis marital duty to his wife, & likewise thewife to her husband. The wife does not haveauthority over her own body but yields itto her husband.
  4. 4. 1 Corinthians 7:3-5In the same way, the husband does nothave authority over his own body but yieldsit to his wife. Do not deprive each other exceptperhaps by mutual consent & for a time,so that you may devote yourselves to prayer.Then come together again so that Satan will nottempt you because of your lack of self-control.
  5. 5. 1 John 1:8-10If we claim to be without sin,we deceive ourselves & the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, He is faithful & just& will forgive us our sins & purify usfrom all unrighteousness.
  6. 6. What Sex Is NOT…- Sex is NOT just an APPETITE
  7. 7. What Sex Is NOT…- Sex is NOT just an APPETITE * Some see it as an unavoidable DRIVE * Some see it as a necessary EVIL * God made it as a GIFT for a husband/wife & a means of celebrating their COVENANT
  8. 8. What Sex Is NOT…- Sex is NOT just an APPETITE- Sex is NOT a DIRTY thing
  9. 9. What Sex Is NOT…- Sex is NOT just an APPETITE- Sex is NOT a DIRTY thing * The Bible CELEBRATES & even COMMANDS sex between a husband & wife * The WOMAN in Song of Solomon is the one who seeks, pursues, initiates, discusses, etc. * This is ASTOUNDING, especially considering the book’s ancient origins * NOTE: Allowance must be made for past abuse
  10. 10. What Sex Is NOT…- Sex is NOT just an APPETITE- Sex is NOT a DIRTY thing- Sex is NOT just a PRIVATE matter
  11. 11. What Sex Is NOT…- Sex is NOT just an APPETITE- Sex is NOT a DIRTY thing- Sex is NOT just a PRIVATE matter * It’s meant to help you know GOD & live in COMMUNITY with Him & your SPOUSE * Don’t unite PHYSICALLY unless you’re willing to unite PERSONALLY, SOCIALLY, ECONOMICALLY & LEGALLY * It says “I belong completely, permanently & exclusively to YOU…”
  12. 12. What Sex IS…- Sex is a UNITING act
  13. 13. What Sex IS…- Sex is a UNITING act * …a person is UNITED in intimacy… 1 Corinthians 6:17 * United = GLUED together in binding covenant
  14. 14. What Sex IS…- Sex is a UNITING act- Sex is a COMMITMENT act “Unless you deliberately disable it, or through practice you numb the impulse, sex makes you feel personally interwoven & joined to another human being, as you are literally physically joined…Therefore…sex outside marriage (makes you) steel yourself against sex’s power to soften your heart toward another person & make you more trusting…”
  15. 15. What Sex IS…- Sex is a UNITING act- Sex is a COMMITMENT act “Ironically…sex outside of marriage eventually works backwards, making you LESS able to COMMIT to & TRUST another person.”
  16. 16. What Sex IS…- Sex is a UNITING act- Sex is a COMMITMENT act- Sex is a PLEASURING act * Partners in marriage should be more concerned with GIVING pleasure than GETTING it * This allows sex to be GIVEN a a GIFT, even when your sense of drive/desire is low * This means paying attention to CONTEXT & what your SPOUSE enjoys/feels peace about
  17. 17. SEXUAL BOUNDARIES FROM GOD
  18. 18. SEXUAL BOUNDARIES FROM GOD - Outside marriage - Pornography - Bestiality - Lust - Rape/incest - Against spouse’s conscience What Is NOTAcceptable According To Our DESIGNER
  19. 19. Martin LutherYou can’t stop birds from flying over your head, but you can stop them from making nests in your hair!
  20. 20. SEXUAL BOUNDARIES FROM GOD - Outside marriage - Pornography - Bestiality - Lust - Rape/incest - Against spouse’s conscience What Is NOTAcceptable According To Our DESIGNER
  21. 21. SEXUAL BOUNDARIES FROM GOD - Outside marriage - Husband & wife - Pornography - Anything else - Bestiality the two of them - Lust enjoy, want to - Rape/incest try/experiment - Against spouse’s with that’s not conscience over there! What Is NOT What ISAcceptable According Acceptable According To Our DESIGNER To Our DESIGNER
  22. 22. Tim Keller Sex is for fully committed relationshipsbecause it is a foretaste of the joy that comes from being in complete union with God through (a relationship with) Christ…
  23. 23. Questions We Received…- How far is “too far” in a dating relationship?
  24. 24. Questions We Received…- How far is “too far” in a dating relationship?- What frequency is “normal” in marriage?
  25. 25. 1 John 1:8-10If we claim to be without sin,we deceive ourselves & the truth is not in us.If we confess our sins, He is faithful & just& will forgive us our sins & purify usfrom all unrighteousness.

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