Series: Christianity Q and A (4 of 6) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 7 and 8 of a 12 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

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Part 7: What About Divorce?
Series: Christianity Q and A
Stuart Briscoe
Matthew 19:1-12

It is often said that "Marriages are made in heaven," but it must be admitted that many are lived elsewhere. The modern solution to marital difficulty is either to bypass marriage entirely or divorce. But is this the way to go?

I. The Issue Christ Confronted.

A. A personal challenge.

B. A moral, spiritual, societal issue.
1. Qumran community: divorce illicit always.
2. Hillel School: divorce permitted for many reasons.
3. Shammal School: divorce permitted for "gross indecency."
See Deuteronomy 24:1
4. Josephus: divorce permitted "for any cause whatsoever."

II. The Response Christ Gave.

A. A statement of divine intention.
1. Maleness and femaleness divinely ordained.
2. Public structure-"Leave father and mother."
3. Personal covenant-"United to his wife."
4. Intimacy of commitment-"Two become one flesh."
5. Permanence of relationship-"God has joined…not separate."

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Part 8: What About Homosexuality?
Series: Christianity Q and A
Stuart Briscoe
Romans 1:18-32

Dr. Gary Collins says, "There probably is no other word in the English language which is so symbolic of controversy and which so quickly triggers emotional reactions." Our task is to think biblically about the subject and deal Christianly with those who are involved.

I. Biblical Statements About Homosexuality.

A. Human sexuality.
1. A divine creation. Genesis 1:27; 2:18 23
a. Image of God - male and female.
b. Man - male and female.
c. Woman - answer to man's aloneness.

2. A divine gift.
a. Procreation - fruitful and multiply. Genesis 1:28
b. Celebration - e.g., Song of Solomon.
c. Integration - one flesh.

B. Homosexuality.
1. Sodom and Gomorrah-gang rape. Genesis 19; Jude 7
a. N.B. "Know." vv. 5, 8

2. Holiness code-Leviticus 18:22; 20:13
a. N.B. Leviticus 18:3-You must not do; you must obey.
b. Homosexuality one of numerous prohibitions.

3. Gibeah. Judges 19
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