“Flee from Sexual Immorality and Run to Jesus”
Parent/Student Discussion Guide
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
May 22, 2013
Flee from Sexual Immorality and Run to Jesus: We need to see past the deceptive allure of all kinds of sexual immorality, that only Jesus satisfies. We can worship God by running to Jesus as the only truly satisfying One.
- Flee! Sexual sin can’t satisfy! “The body is not meant for sexual immorality” 6:13
- Flee! Jesus, and only Jesus, truly satisfies! “The body is meant… for the Lord” 6:13
- Flee! There is a way out! Jesus cleanses all kinds of sexual sin (6:9-11), Jesus has purchased believers by His precious blood, and the Holy Spirit dwells within believers to make us holy. (6:19-20)
- What are some promises that sexual temptations make? Are there times/situations when you feel more apt to believe these promises? What can you do to guard yourself against these lies? What will it look like for you to practically “flee from sexual immorality”?
- What does it look like for you to be satisfied in Jesus? How does it practically glorify Jesus when you choose to obey Him over sinning sexually with your mind/body?
- Do you feel guilty for sexual sin? What do verses like 1 Corinthians 6:11 & 19-20, 2 Corinthians 5:21, and Romans 3:21-26 say about the guilt of those who have repented and trusted in Jesus? What will it look like for you to practically depend on the Holy Spirit to enable you to flee from sexual immorality? Is there someone enslaved to sexual sin that you know of that needs to hear about Jesus? How can you pray for them and share Christ with them?
“Understanding the Covenant of Marriage”
Parent/Student Discussion Guide
May 15, 2013
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:12-20, Matthew 19:3-9, Ephesians 5:22-33, and 1 Timothy 5:1-2
Understanding the Covenant of Marriage: “The two will become one flesh” 1 Corinthians 6:16
- Sexual intimacy expresses the “one flesh” covenant (commitment) between a husband and wife. Ephesians 5:22-33 show this “one flesh” relationship of enduring commitment in action and its glorious display of the Gospel.
- Sexual immorality distorts the “one flesh” covenant meant for a husband and wife. Any sexual thoughts or actions toward someone who is not your spouse cheapens and mocks this significant covenant and the picture of the Gospel it was created to display.
- Students should hold marriage in high esteem by treating one another as brothers and sisters. We should guard one another’s purity in preparation for this Christ-exalting covenant through what we think, say, and do
- Why do you think marriage is so important to God? How does the description in Ephesians 5:22-33 show how a marriage’s “one flesh” relationship of enduring commitment between a husband and wife point to Jesus’ “one flesh” relationship of enduring commitment to the Church?
- Do you feel like our culture has a cheapened view of the covenant of marriage and sexual intimacy? Why? What do you see as the relationship between our cultures’ cheapened view of marriage and its cheapened view of sexual intimacy?
- What can you do to remind yourself of the grand significance of God’s plan for the covenant of marriage? What ways will holding a high view of marriage practically impact your decisions when it comes to sexual thoughts, words, and actions? How will this be worship to God?
- In what ways do thinking about sexual purity remind you of your need for the Gospel? How does the phrase in verse 20 “you were bought with a price” encourage you and spur you on to want to “glorify God in your body”? How does the truth in verse 19 that the Holy Spirit is within believers give you hope as you look towards guarding yourself for marriage and eventually enduring in the commitment of marriage?
- How does treating each other like brothers and sisters help us guard this future covenant? Is there anyone you know of, or that you have seen on a screen, that you need to treat like a brother or sister in how you think about, talk to, and act towards?
- What is a specific action(s) you can take to guard your Christian brothers’ and sisters’ purity in preparation for marriage? What would you like to be able to communicate to your brother or sister’s future spouse about how you have sought to guard their mind, heart, and body?
“What You Do With Your Body Matters”
Parent/Student Discussion Guide
May 8, 2013
1 Corinthians 6:12-20
12 “All things are lawful for me,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful for me,” but I will not be dominated by anything. 13 “Food is meant for the stomach and the stomach for food”—and God will destroy both one and the other. The body is not meant for sexual immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 And God raised the Lord and will also raise us up by his power. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make them members of a prostitute? Never! 16 Or do you not know that he who is joined to a prostitute becomes one body with her? For, as it is written, “The two will become one flesh.” 17 But he who is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with him. 18 Flee from sexual immorality. Every other sin a person commits is outside the body, but the sexually immoral person sins against his own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
7 Reasons What You Do With Your Body Matters:
- “The body is… for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” 6:13
- “God will… raise (our bodies) up by His power” 6:14
- “Your bodies are members of Christ” 6:15
- “The sexually immoral person sins against his own body” 6:18
- “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you” 6:19
- “(Your body is) not your own, for you were bought with a price” 6:19-20
- “So glorify God in your body” 6:20
- It is amazing the depth of significance God has given our bodies and the depth of His concern for how we use them. Do you feel like your body has this kind of significance? Why or why not? (remind them that God’s word is true even when we struggle to feel it)
- Have you noticed any ways that our culture tries to cheapen the value of our bodies? How? What would be some ways you could remind yourself of the truth in 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 when you come across that?
- How does cheapening the value of our bodies lead to sexual immorality (i.e. any kind of sexual thoughts about or actions toward someone you are not married to)? How does seeing our bodies as instruments for worshiping Jesus lead to fleeing from sexual immorality? What would that look like?
- What do you intend to guard yourself from or change when it comes to what you watch, think about, wear, say, tweet/post, and how you relate to others? How will these efforts to guard yourself and change be glorifying to God?
- How can I help you glorify God with your body? (Hold accountable, pray with you specifically, stop watching/listening to something that tempts you (e.g. commercials/radio stations), etc)
We live in a culture confused about sexual purity. Thankfully, Scripture is not silent on this subject. 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is one place where the truth clears up the confusion. So we are going to study these verses in Ignite at 6:15pm on these Wednesdays: May 8, 15, and 22.
Each week we’ll provide parents/guardians with discussion guides to follow what is being taught at Ignite. These can be launching pads to help students and parents open God’s word and their hearts together as they seek to glorify God in their bodies.
I plan to be careful with the vocabulary used to make sure it is either in Scripture or respectfully reflects Scripture. My aim is not to shock anyone unnecessarily. I plan to also preach the Gospel in a way that invites all the sexually immoral to repent and find grace that cleanses and changes everything!
Topics for this 3-Week Series:
- What You Do With Your Body Matters: in a number of ways 1 Corinthians 6:12-20 is emphasizing the truth that our bodies and what we do with them are important to the Lord. This is a crucial truth in a culture that promotes sexual immorality because of its low view on the human body. We can worship God with our minds and bodies.
- Understanding the Covenant of Marriage: Paul points out that the “one flesh” union being demonstrated in sexual immorality perverts this covenant sign for marriage. By God’s grace we should preserve this covenant sign for ourselves and others to be shared only between a husband and a wife. We can worship God by keeping the marriage bed pure.
- Flee Sexual Immorality and Run to Jesus: Jesus cleanses all kinds of sexual sin (1 Corinthians 6:9-11), Jesus has purchased believers by His precious blood, and the Holy Spirit dwells within believers to make us holy. We need to see past the deceptive allure of all kinds of sexual immorality, that only Jesus satisfies. We can worship God by running to Jesus as the only truly satisfying One.
Everyone may not be ready for a study like this. Certainly the parents know where their students are the best. Each week as you look through the discussion guide for what will be taught on that Wednesday night, you can make an informed decision on whether to encourage your student to go to Ignite or go with you to the adult worship time in the fellowship hall.
Please join in praying with me that the truth of God’s word will be clear and that students would joyfully run to Jesus for grace to flee sexual immorality and glorify God in their bodies.
Pastor to Students