Relationships: No Strings Attached
5 – Perverting
“For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior.” – Ephesians 5:23
- Sin disorders our worship
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him” – Romans 1:21
- Sin disorders our belief
“but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles” – Romans 1:21-23
- Sin disorders our desires.
“Therefore, God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts” – Romans 1:24
“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful desires. Even their women exchanged natural relations for unnatural ones” – Romans 1:26
“Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God . . . They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and depravity” – Romans 1:28-29
“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23
- Homosexual behaviors are sin – no sin is excluded
- Sin separates us from God – no exceptions
“…But your sins have separated you from God.” – Isaiah 59:2
- God’s love is for everyone – no one is a lost cause
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son…” – John 3:16
2 key words: acceptance and rejection
“Don’t begin by traveling to some far off place to convert believers. And don’t try to be dramatic by tackling some public enemy. Go to the lost confused people right here in your neighborhood. Tell them that the kingdom is here. Bring health to the sick, raise the dead, touch the untouchables, kick out the demons. You have been treated generously so live generously.” – Matthew 10:5-8 (The Message)
- When you think about homosexuality, what is your typical response? Do you tend to see your own sexual sin as a great as a perversion as homosexuality? Why or why not?
- How can you stand firm on Biblical principles, yet love those who struggle? How does seeing your own sin and need for a Savior help in this regard?
- Why does always going back to God’s Word and God’s design give us the ability to be wise, choose wisely, and live wisely?
- When you think about our relationships: no strings attached series – what are some things you are walking away with? What are changes that you hope will come as a result?