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Sacred Love and Sex (1 of 4)
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Ezekiel 22:26 (MSG)
• Ezekiel 22:26 (NIV)
Sacred Living: Recognizing, respecting, and treasuring the uncommon gifts of God; and to not treat as common that which God says is uncommon.
• Heb. 13:4 (MSG)
Sex is sacred because
• God created it
• It's more than physical
• 1 Cor. 6:16 (MSG)
Well, since I have teenaged girls, sacred for them would be their purity. I think He thinks that that is very important.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ.
Our soul. I think the rest is just noise. Honestly, I think the rest is just white noise.
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When you think of sacred, what do you think of? Sometimes we think of religious artifacts or anything used in a religious ceremony, but that's not at all what sacred means. In fact, there was a time in the Old Testament where the religious leaders hearts were far away from God, and they weren't obeying the law and weren't following what God had laid out for them, and God tells them in Ezekiel 22:26 "They can't tell the difference between sacred and secular." So they weren't valuing what was sacred, and many people today are confused about what's sacred, so we don't value that which is sacred. Now the word sacred in the Hebrew literally means "to be set apart". It means to be uniquely different and uniquely valuable. In Ezekiel 22:26 in the New International Version puts it this way: "they do not distinguish between the holy and the common". So religious leaders in Ezekiel's day were treating the things that God said was uncommon as if it were common. They placed no value on what God said was uniquely valuable, and that's one of the biggest problems in our society today. We are not recognizing the sacred. We don't place value on what God says is uniquely valuable, and that's why I'm starting a new series that I'm calling "Sacred", and it's all about sacred living, because sacred living is not about acting religious; it's all about recognizing and valuing that which God says is uniquely valuable. In fact, I put a biblical definition for sacred living to get us started off in the series - "It's recognizing, respecting and treasuring the uncommon gifts of God and to not treat as common that which God says is uncommon." So it's not about acting religious; it's about respecting and valuing that which God says is uncommon and precious and valuable. The Bible says life itself is sacred, whether it's an unborn child in a mother's womb or its a professional athlete performing at his peak or it's a homeless alcoholic living under a bridge. All life is precious. It's all the same to God. Life itself is a sacred gift. Every heartbeat you have is a sacred gift from God.