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The Sexual Captive (2 of 7)
Series: Can't Believe: Gospel of John
John 4:1-24; John 8:1-11
We have begun a series called "Can't Believe" in which we are looking at 7 kinds of people who can't believe.
All of them are found in the Gospel of John. "Believing" is a major theme of the Gospel of John. The word occurs 99 times in the book.
Some of these people couldn't believe because they had blind spots or secret prejudices; some couldn't believe because they had unanswered questions; some of them wanted to believe but, for whatever reason, just felt like they couldn't. We're going to see
how Jesus engaged each of them. Next week we'll look at how there were some people in John 6 who were so focused on political issues they missed Jesus' gospel; a few weeks after that we'll look at how Pilate couldn't believe because he was a coward; then we'll look at the skeptic; and the moral failure. So we got some great stuff ahead of us.
This week, we're going to discuss those who can't believe because they are sexual captives. And what I mean by that is people who are slaves to their sexual desires, and because of that that they can never take the Lordship of Jesus seriously. I also mean people who feel like the sexual mistakes of their past mean that God would never have any interest in them again-they are too damaged; too far gone.
Jesus deals with this group twice in John; we're going to look quickly at both stories.
But let me just say-of all the stories we're going to look at over the next several weeks, this one seems the most relevant to our culture:
• I've read that there are two main reasons people lose their faith in college. The #2 reason is they encounter some problem they can't explain-if there is a good God, why is there such pain in the world? (and we'll deal with that in a few weeks), but the #1 reason why people depart the faith in college is a desire for sexual freedom.
• Your preferred lifestyle starts to ...
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