Today’s Sermon: Our Call to Sexual Purity

For this is the will of God, your sanctification; that you should abstain from sexual immorality;

I Thessalonians 4:3

“… For you took up the Cross and followed Christ. By doing so, you taught us to disregard the flesh for it passes away; but to care instead for the soul since it is immortal.” From the Toparion Hymn to St. Mary of Egypt

Our Call to Sexual Purity

I Thessalonians 4:3-8

(introduction)  There was probably never a time when Christians didn’t have to struggle against sexual sins

  • the Christians in  Thessaloniki  were surrounded hedonistic culture
  • St Anthony of Egypt warned that even desert monastics struggled against lust
  • many of us have one or two extra branches in our family trees

(antithesis)  The problem we face today is that the church is losing it’s aim toward sexual purity

  • Gospel artist and stars are becoming too relaxed in the way they carry themselves
  • the undercover acceptance (and sometimes expectation) of clergy infidelity
  • denominations who no longer teach celibacy before marriage

(thesis)  If the church is not offering the world a different way of living, we no longer function as the body of Christ.  We must always aim to live in sexual purity

(points)  Let us be warned

  • God avenges those who are taken advantage of (v.6)
  • Holiness is lifestyle, not just worship (v.7)
  • Rejecting sexual purity is rejecting God (v.8)

(conclusion)  Possessing our vessels in sanctification and honor (v.4)

  • Married -be with your spouse
  • Single – be celibate until marriage
  • Christ and the Holy Spirit are our aids in the struggle
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2 Responses to Today’s Sermon: Our Call to Sexual Purity

  1. Clarence M. Burrell, Jr. says:

    Verse 4 is very powerful. I should have listen to the Scripture and obeyed it 40 years ago. I try to preach and teach to the younger generation., however the older generation is lacking too. Rev. Gresham, you are on target with this message. My advise to you is keep doing what you are doing. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Russell Littlepage says:

    Hey John, Keep taking the stand and preaching God’s word. Hopefully it will not fall on deaf ears, Mr. Burrell is right, it is a message for both the younger and older generations, and everyone in between. May you be mightily used by and blessed by our Lord.

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