Series: Getting Things Straight (11 of 28) by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 21 and 22 of a 56 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.

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Part 21: Human Sexuality (21 of 56)
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 7:1-9

The Corinthians had raised a question about celibacy. Paul deals with it in the whole context of human sexuality.

I. Sexuality in a Pagan Environment.

A. The Corinthian approach.
1. Luxury.

2. Indulgence.

3. Hedonism.

4. Fornication. v. 2

B. The ascetic approach.
Note: “Asceticism”: Denial of physical/psychological desire to attain spiritual ideal/goal.
1. Olympic athletes.

2. Stoics.

3. Platonists.

C. The contemporary approach.

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Part 22: Marriage Under Pressure
Series: Getting Things Straight
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 7:10-16

Christian marriage in pagan society is a challenge second to none. Mixed marriage in a pagan society is even more difficult. The Corinthians knew a lot about both and needed some clarification. The situation in our day is not dissimilar.

I. Christian Marriage in Pagan Society. v. 10-11

A. The pagan approach to marriage.
1. A low view of women.

2. A preference for male company.

3. A reluctance to commit.

4. A casual attitude to divorce.

5. A means of perpetuating a name.

B. The Christian view of marriage.
1. Originated as divine institution.

2. Perpetuated under divine instruction.
Note: "command"-a military term. No divorce.
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