Jesus, Sex, Lust & Relationships
We continue through the Sermon on the Mount by looking at what Jesus has to say about sex, lust and relationships. He challenges the world view at the time, and today, at how we look at, treat and love each other.
This week in our journey through Discipleship, we are looking at BREATHE, how we spend time with God in our day-to-day, breathing Him in and how our breathing out affects our lives.
Listen to the song Raise a Hallelujah by Bethel Music. This song was written as a declaration over the life of their friend’s son who was in critical condition in hospital. The parents reached out to their community for prayer.
They said they felt a “giant of unbelief” before them, but as they were praying, this song came out as a call of victory.
Worship is a powerful weapon, along with prayer, particularly in community. In this case they are now able to sing this song alongside the son who was restored to health and declare it from the other side. But it was written from the valley, from the worry and the pain.
Spend time chatting about what stood out to you from the song and also what helps you spend time with God, the above is an example of a way to do that, but there are many more.
1. Both last week, concerning anger, and this week with lust and adultery, Jesus is being big and bold with his challenges of the pharisaic understanding of the law. (Matthew 5:27-32).
What cultural influences do we see today that are changing the way society relates?
2. Where porn objectifies, falsifies, enslaves and shames, Jesus is personal, truth-bringing, freedom-relating and value-giving. How can we be a positive voice in our culture?
3. He’s keen to emphasise that the commandments aren’t about ticking a box but what’s beneath the surface of our lives…
How can we get into good habits to be self-aware?
(Some examples: Recognising if we’re H.A.L.T. (hungry, angry, lonely, tired), being in accountable relationships, and knowing when to run, run, run away.)
4. Singleness is not synonym of loneliness, and biblically, singleness is in no way second to marriage, so we must avoid language that downgrades one or the other. How do we recognise this in a way that includes each other, recognises the differences and prevents us from idolising either situation?
We want everyone to know they are equally blessed, equally loved and equally welcome, how can we be people who raise the position of the most vulnerable? Who might that be now, and how can we stand for them?
Pray that we may be part of the change that speaks of grace as well as the welcome that speaks of love.