We live in a sexual world.
- God created sex; it’s good, it’s for marriage, it’s enjoyable, and it’s useful for procreation
- Sin breaks God’s order; humans, relationships, marriages, and sex are now tools of rebellion.
This study is an effort to look at our current surroundings and then ground ourselves in what the Bible says about God’s created order, sin, and what faithful purity looks life.
To that end, this study has three (3) core goals:
- That we will understand God’s created order, purposes, and desired behavior for sex and sexuality.
- That we will repent of our sexual immorality, understand the forgiveness and grace of God, pursue purity, and find our satisfaction in God.
- That the parents and older church generations of Green Pond Bible Chapel will partner to raise up the next generations in God’s truth and faithful purity.
So what is the scope of the problem? (See reverse side for some more detail)
- Our society is obsessed with and advocates for the idolizing of sex and sexuality apart from God’s created design.
- Rom 1:18-28 [Gen. 18-19] – Sexual sin, advanced by culture, isn’t new but it’s still dangerous
- Our church is susceptible to idolizing sex and sexuality; forsaking God’s Word, accountability, and discipline.
- Rev. 2:18-29 – The church in Thyatira tolerated false teaching, it led to sexual immorality.
- Our homes are targeted by society to idolize sex and sexuality
- Titus 1:10-11 – False teachers were targeting families and homes to foster insubordination.
- Our hearts and minds are regularly persuaded to give in to sexual passion and lust, both from within and without.
- Prov 6:25 – The true source of sexual sin is the heart, many sources tempt our hearts.
It is clear that we need to address these issues immediately and biblically for the sake of God’s glory, our personal holiness, and the holiness of those around us.
The only way to faithfully address this issue is to study them in light of the gospel and orient our hearts, minds, and actions to the gospel.
- Gospel and marriage – The gospel promotes faithful marriage and is pictured by faithful marriage
- Gospel and sexual purity – The gospel guides and enables us to pure practices and beliefs
- Gospel and repentance and forgiveness – The gospel leads us to repentance and forgiveness
- Gospel and satisfaction in Christ – The gospel is our only means of being truly satisfied
- Gospel and identity in Christ – The gospel shapes who we are in who Christ is
The rest of our study will seek to explain and apply God’s gospel truths to our lives so that we may live in personal purity, help other to live in personal purity, and do so for the glory of God.
Some Stats on Sexual Immorality
Let me provide you with some more statistics that might drive home the severity of the problem that is facing us on a daily basis.
1. Nearly half (46%) of all 15-19-year-olds in the United States have had sex at least once.
2. By 15, this number is only about 13%, but by age 19, about 70% have.
3. 63% of 13-17-year-olds say they’ve kissed romantically, rising to 73% of those 15 and up.
4. 44% report sexual touching; among older teens, it’s 55%.
5. 19% of all teens, and 27% of older teens, say they’ve had oral sex or sexual intercourse.
6. 17 year-olds – 84% romantic kissing, 63% intimate touching, 43% sex
7. 80% of males and 59% of females have masturbated by the age of 18.
8. 42% of Internet users between the ages of 10 and 17 had seen online pornography within the last 12 months.
9. Average age of first Internet exposure to pornography: 11
15-17 year-olds having multiple hard-core exposures: 80%
8-16 year-olds having viewed porn online: 90% (most while doing homework)
10. 20% of teens have sexted (sending explicitly sexual text messages or pictures)
Those are the “worldly” stats. But regrettably, If you compare these stats to the stats of those attending church, and those who profess Christ, the difference isn’t much.
These stats are eye-opening for some and confirming for others. My intention with providing these stats is to generate the sense that we need to talk about this subject, not only in this class but to each other, and especially to our young people. My other intention is to help us consider that just showing up to church or doing Christianity has barely any consequence on sinful habits. Only repentance and faith in Christ have a lasting consequence on our hearts, minds, and habits – this must be the goal of our interactions with others.
(For more info on the pervasiveness of pornography today, check out Tim Challies article 10 Ugly Numbers Describing Pornography Use in 2017 on challies.com – he has other great articles concerning sexual immorality and how the gospel triumphs over it.)