Manuscripts & Study Materials
We always begin every lesson on sex and sexuality with this video. No matter your past or current circumstances, you are never too far for God. You are never to dirty for Jesus. You are never beyond the power of the Holy Spirit.
Life & Justice: Grace in Sanctification
In our second TEACH-TOPIC-TASK rotation, we’ll be looking at what God expects from his children and how He deals with sin. We’ll use God’s words through the prophet Hosea to do so. If you remember from Pastor Drew’s recent series, Hosea’s own marriage to a sexual promiscuous wife serve as an example for the Israelites unfaithfulness. God’s own “plan of action,” if you will, in Hosea 2 gives us a clear vision on how to handle sin.
Notice here that we’re talking about someone in the family, or someone who would be part of our church/call themselves a Christian. In such cases, there is an expectation of sanctification. That is, for those who call themselves sons and daughters of God, there ought to be some progress towards holiness, righteousness, and Christ-likeness thanks to the inner working of the Holy Spirit and the grace offered by Christ Himself. When sins persists, however, it ought to be dealt with.
God, through the prophet Hosea, gives us these “therefore”‘s. Practical steps to take when addressing sin:
- Block their path (2:6) – We are called to work with the sinner to encourage a trajectory toward God and away from sin.
- Take away blessings (2:9) – When a sinner endlessly persists in sin, it may be that they are without true faith in Jesus Christ.
- Lead them in the Way Everlasting (2:14) – Sinners need the grace of the Gospel.
Notice how closely this resembles the actions Jesus encourages us to take in Matthew 18:15-20:
- Approach (with grace) to stop sin (18:15) – We are called to work with the sinner to encourage a trajectory toward God and away from sin.
- Remove security blankets (make public, get help) (18:16) – When a sinner endlessly persists in sin, it may be that they are without true faith in Jesus Christ.
- Treat them like a sinner (18:17) – Sinners need the grace of the Gospel!
It’s important to note that treating some “as you would a pagan or a tax collector” doesn’t mean neglecting them or pushing them away. Quite the opposite, it means inviting them in to hear the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Let’s put this into practice, specifically as it pertains to sexuality. This is a growing topic of concern in the church that needs to be treated with care and grace. Let’s be a church that holds each other accountable (with grace), gets each other help when we need it, and teaches the Gospel to sinners!
The Christian Reformed Church on Sexuality (Position Statements)
Birth Control – I would add that couples should research available contraceptives to ensure that developing life is safe and protected.