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Sex and Glorifying God | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20

The ultimate point and purpose of our lives is to glorify God. One of the areas we struggle most to do this is in the area of sexuality. We live in a culture that prioritizes gratifying self instead of glorifying God. Timothy “TA” Ateek turns to 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 to identify five keys to glorifying God with your body in regard to sex.

Timothy "TA" AteekMay 15, 2022
1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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Sex and Glorifying God | 1 Corinthians 6:12-20
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You exist to glorify God. By looking at 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, we can identify five keys to glorifying God with our bodies when it comes to sex:

  • Shift your mentality from permissibility to profitability (1 Corinthians 6:12-13). Instead of “Can I do this?” ask “Is it beneficial, to myself and to others around me, for me to do this?” Additionally, ask “Am I in control or being controlled?”
  • Deepen your theology, specifically about your body. Your body isn’t destined for destruction, but for resurrection (1 Corinthians 6:13b-14). God has an eternal purpose for your body, which should make you think twice about what you do with your body.
  • Embrace your identity as a limb of Christ, a home for the Holy Spirit, and as God’s possession (1 Corinthians 6:15-20).
  • Cultivate your strategy to habitually flee from sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18). This includes cultivating your relationship with God’s Word; cultivating your relationship with the Holy Spirit; cultivating your rhythms in life; and cultivating your solution for the pain or low self-esteem that drives you to sexual sin.
  • Clarify your top priority, which should be to glorify God in your body (1 Corinthians 6:20).

Discussing and Applying the Sermon

  • Are you in control of your desires, or are you being controlled by them? (1 Corinthians 6:12)
  • Are you using your sexuality to selfishly serve yourself, or to selflessly serve your spouse? What would it look like for you to only do what is beneficial to others?
  • Do you have more exposure to the lies of our culture, or to the truth of God’s Word?
  • What “rhythms” in your life need to change in order for you to walk in purity? What changes to your schedule, relationships, media consumption, etc., would help you to “flee sexual immorality” (1 Corinthians 6:18)?