by Stuart Briscoe

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NOTE: This sermon is part 3 and 4 of a 9 part sermon series. Two sermons outlines are included in this download.


Part 3: Sexual Morality
Series: Addressing The Issues
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 6:12-20

Given Corinth's reputation for sexual permissiveness, Paul found it necessary to give the young believers in that city some basic teaching on sexual morality. What he had to say is most needful for the church in our culture today.

I. Liberty Has Its Limits. vv. 12-14

A. The appeal of slogans.
1. "Everything is permissible for me."
a. Paul's response to Jewish legalism? e.g. Galatians 5:1, 13

b. Gnostics' twisting of it to their liking.
i. Material is inferior to spiritual…

ii. …physical is a matter of indifference…

iii. So do what ever feels good.

2. "Food for the stomach and the stomach for food."
a. Stomachs have appetites we satisfy-food.

b. Bodies have appetites we satisfy-sex.

B. The application of principle.
1. That which is permissible may not be beneficial.
a. For the individual.


Part 4: Trials and Temptations
Series: Addressing The Issues
Stuart Briscoe
1 Corinthians 10:1-22

Trials and temptations are the inevitable lot of fallen people who live in a fallen world. God does not send them, but He does permit them. Provided we handle them correctly, they serve to help us mature. But when mishandled, they can lead to great harm. The Children of Israel were a great example of this.

I. The Abuse of Privilege-An Example from Israel's Past. vv. 1-11

A. The causes of the abuse of privilege.
1. Lack of appreciation of God's blessings.
a. Divine guidance-"under the cloud."

b. Divine deliverance-"passed through the sea."

c. Divine provision-"spiritual food and…drink."

d. Divine patience (Moses' too!).

2. Lack of obedience to God's commands.
a. The divine prohibition against idolatry. Exodus 20:3-6; 32:6

b. The divine instructions about sexuality. Numbers 25:1-9

c. The divine evaluation of behavior.
i. "To know what was in your heart." Deuteronomy 8:2

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