Bounce The Eyes

Cost of Discipleship

Scott StephanOctober 15, 2023

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Passage: Psalms 119:9

Bounce The Eyes

Summary

  • Sexual temptation is not new - the psalmist asked long ago how a young man can keep his way pure. It's even more challenging today.
  • Jesus calls us to a sexual ethic very different from the world - purity in mind and body, with no hint of sexual immorality outside of marriage.
  • This high standard applies to both men and women, though Jesus seems to particularly address lust issues common among men.
  • God cares deeply about sexual purity because 1) he wants what's best for us, 2) marriage illustrates Christ's relationship to the church, 3) it's a key way disciples are set apart from the world.
  • Victory is possible through bouncing our eyes from temptation, guarding our minds, protecting our marriages, confession, accountability.
  • Satan uses shame to keep people isolated and trapped. Men need each other for support and encouragement in the battle.
  • God has given us power to walk in purity. It's time for men and women to live according to God's Word.

Discussion Questions

  1. Why do you think sexual ethics is such a prominent theme throughout Scripture? What makes it so important to God?
  2. How have you seen the costs of sexual immorality both individually and corporately? Why is purity worth fighting for?
  3. What practical tips or accountability strategies have you found helpful in pursuing purity? How could we encourage each other more in this?
  4. Why do struggles with sexual sin often happen in secret? What makes confession and transparency so difficult but so needed?
  5. How should the gospel give us hope in our failures but also empower us to walk in freedom?
  6. What encouragement or challenges from this message seemed most significant for our church body right now? How can leadership help?
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